In the (very small) village go Stone Park, Cook County (near Chicago) a group of nuns is suing a strip club which opened close to their convent, complaining of noise, neon lights, fights & excessive litter that includes whiskey bottles & condoms.
The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois law requires a 1,000-foot (300-metre) “buffer zone” between adult entertainment venues & places of worship & schools.
The dubiously located Club Allure opened last September behind the the Convent’s land, which has three chapels, a home for retired sisters & a house for young women thinking about becoming novices. “The Sisters have every right to pray & work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard,” Peter Breen, the lawyer for the nuns, said in a statement.
Stone Park attorney Dean Krone said yesterday that the 1,000-foot limit applies to most of the state, but a one-mile (1.6 km) restriction applies to suburban Cook County, which includes Stone Park. He added that the Cook County limit is unconstitutional because it would prohibit any kind of strip club or adult entertainment in any of the small towns in the County, which would violate the “Constitutional right to free speech.”
Well you know how the Church hates competition but it seems a shame that the would-be novices don’t get to see an alternative career path that also offers unusual outfits & a chance to serve. Maybe some sort of joint-venture between the Convent & Club Allure could be worked-out?