A group of nuns in suburban Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a neighbor strip club, stating that it plays “throbbing” music while the nuns try to pray, according to.
The Sisters of St. Charles reportedly named Club Allure Chicago and the village of Stone Park in their lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
The lawsuit reportedly claims the club violates Illinois zoning laws, which require a 1,000-foot buffer between adult entertainment facilities and places of worship, according to the website.
The sisters reported that they have seen “public violence, drunkenness and litter, including empty whiskey and beer bottles, discarded contraceptive packages and products and even used condoms,” according to the lawsuit.
The report also mentions the “pulsating and rhythmic staccato-beat noise and flashing neon and or strobe lights” that reportedly continue to disturb the nuns.
“Our sisters’ sacred space has been invaded,” Sister Noemia Silva told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Silva added, “At night now they hear the music when they’re praying. That’s uncalled for.”
About 60 people have joined the nuns at a protect vigil against the strip club Wednesday afternoon, according to
Pat Zito, a 47-year resident of the area, joined the nuns in filing the lawsuit and stated that Club Allure has been “every bit as bad as she feared since it opened last fall, and then some.”
“We do not feel as secure as we did before. There is garbage on the streets that was not there before, things we do not like children to even question, and the noises in the middle of the night,” stated Zito.
Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone reportedly stated that the village has acted legally and reasonably. Club Allure manager Robert Itzkow seems to disagree.
“We spent an awful lot of money to make sure that this kind of thing would not occur. The whole thing is just a question of ‘we don’t like you; you don’t conform to our religious beliefs,” Itzkow told WMAQ-TV.
He added that the club’s dancers “aren’t monsters. They’re daughters; they’re mothers, and some of them are Catholics too.”