In what seems to be the latest salvo in the eternal battle of saints versus sinners, a group of Chicago nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent for disturbing the peace.
The Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo complained that since the US$3mil (RM9.7mil) venue — alluringly named Club Allure — opened last September across the back fence of the convent, they have been subjected to noise, glaring neon lights, fist-fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.
The suit, filed on June 13 in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located. It cites Illinois’ state legislation that mandates a 300m buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools.
“The Sisters have every right to pray and work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard,” Peter Breen, a lawyer representing the nuns, said in a statement. The convent is home to about 20 nuns, and has three chapels, a home for retired sisters, and a house for young women thinking about becoming nuns.