Panhandle Church Loses Tax-Exempt Status

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By: Associated Press
March 11, 2015

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

The News Herald of Panama City reports The Life Center: A Spiritual Community has been running its seven-days-a-week party schedule as 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. Inside, they sell t-shirts with obscene gestures and signs on the walls say "I hate being sober."

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

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