'Church' hosting raunchy spring break parties loses tax-exempt status

The Life Center: A Spiritual Community in Panama City Beach has been stripped of its tax-exempt status after hosting wild spring break parties as Amnesia: The Tabernacle.

By Ben Hooper
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a church has lost its tax-exempt status after it was found to be hosting nude paint events and slumber parties with the "sexiest ladies."

Property Appraiser Dan Sowell said Panama City Beach's Life Center: A Spiritual Community has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered it has been hosting late night spring break parties as "Amnesia: The Tabernacle" since Feb. 28.


The events hosted at the facility included an "anything but clothes" body painting party and a slumber party billed as "a pajama and lingerie party hosted by the sexiest ladies on the beach."

Sheriff Frank McKeithen told the Panama City News-Herald treating the facility as a church is a "blatant slap in the face" to taxpayers and authorities.

"They're trying to get around the laws, and they're using the church to get there," McKeithen said. Sowell agreed with the sheriff's assessment.

"A bottle club, charging $20 at the door and selling obscene T-shirts is not being used as a church," Sowell said. "A God-fearing, God-honoring church in January does not sponsor this type of debauchery in March."


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