Church with naked paint parties loses tax-exempt status

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Posted: Mar 11, 2015 11:17 AM

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida church that hosted naked paint parties and slumber-party Sundays featuring the "sexiest ladies on the beach" has lost its tax-exempt status.

The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/18A5hGA) reports The Life Center: A Spiritual Community has been operating a seven-day-a-week party called Amnesia: The Tabernacle since Feb. 28.

A sign on the door says events are alcohol and drug free, but Sheriff Frank McKeithen calls the party atmosphere a "blatant slap in the face" to taxpayers. He says church officials are "trying to get around the laws."

Patrons are charged a "donation" of $20 at the door. On the walls inside are T-shirts emblazoned with obscene gestures and signs that say "I hate being sober."

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This led Property Appraiser Dan Sowell to change the tax exempt status.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com