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Man Files Request for Strippers’ Names and Addresses So He Can ‘Pray’ For Them

David Van Vleet of Tacoma, Washington claims he is a Christian with a calling. He wants to pray for the 70 or so strippers employed at a gentleman’s club in his town.

The thing is, according to Van Vleet, the only way he can fully express his right to exercise his faith is if he has the actual names and addresses of the ladies.

So, he filed a public information request to get the information from the licenses that the gentleman club workers must legally obtain.

While it smacks of a nuisance claim, the thing is there is actually no provision protecting the strippers from having their names and addresses released, except for the fact it is a clear violation of their privacy, something even the strippers’ lawyers admitted in court.

So, technically Van Vleet, who ironically used only a PO box in his filings, has a right to request the information. He is also not about to give up his claim even if it makes the women uncomfortable, even when a federal judge urged him to reconsider.

After listening to Van Vleet’s arguments for 20 minutes, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton asked Van Vleet to look at it from the women’s point of view and asked if he could see why the workers would not want their personal information public.

Van Vleet said he understood where the ladies were coming from, but he did not plan to be creepy with the information, just pray.

The judge then pressed Van Vleet further, asking what might happen if the information would up in other people’s hands.

“You could leave their files at a coffee shop inadvertently,” the judge said.

Still, Van Vleet would not budge.

“I would pray for those dancers by name. I’m a Christian… We have a right to pray for people,” he argued, even going so far as to claim his demand for the strippers’ information was for the public good.

After Judge Leighton issued a temporary stay prohibiting the information from being released until the issue could be better addressed, Van Vleet, immediately whined his rights were being violated for some strippers, who he seemed to think did not deserve protection.

“[The judge] essentially silenced seven million people in the state of Washington to protect 70 peoples’ so-called right to privacy who dance on a stage naked,” Van Vleet said, promising that he would fight on, in order to get the women’s information for his ‘Christian’ purposes.

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