"As someone who goes barefoot 24/7, and who has attended the N.C. Mountain State Fair barefoot for many years, I was shocked a few days ago to find several very large signs with big red letters at the gates stating, 'Shirt and shoes required,'" wrote Kriss Sands. "The next day I contacted the fair manager, Matt Buchanan, to ask what was going on. He called me later and left a phone message in which he stated (his exact words), 'Actually, the reason we put those signs there, I had many concerned parents after the demonstration that we had in Asheville a couple of weeks ago with the women going shirtless, and we do consider this a family event, and we had people concerned about that.'" ...
[Carl] Mumpower said the event is just a symptom of a culture of sin in Asheville, and changes weren't expected to be quick. But he said the only way to make changes in what is acceptable in a society is to publicize what has happened.
"We're talking about turning on the lights," he said. "It's not my job to make the changes. I'm not in charge. God is. My job is do turn on the lights, stir up awareness." ...
He continued, "What really fries my bacon is the moral cowardliness of our churches. They talk and wring their hands, but mostly they sit in their recliners and hope somebody will do something to stop our culture's decline. The fountain strippers have demonstrated far more courage than the Christian community. It's not possible to uplift women or breasts by performing in front of a bunch of catcalling, camera-toting frat boys, but at least they had the courage to risk. As far as I'm concerned our faith-based community has more to be ashamed of than those girls parading around as toys for little boys." ...Read the full article