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Proposed strip club to nuns: Don’t impose your religious beliefs on us

Missionary Sister St. Charl Melrose Park illinois. Sister MarissoniDaltoe stands near convent's garden thshows new gentleman's club this close Sisters

Missionary Sister of St. Charl, Melrose Park, illinois. Sister Marissonia Daltoe, stands near the convent's garden that shows the new gentleman's club that is to close to the Sisters Convent. February 7Th,2012 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 14, 2012 8:08AM

The owner of a soon-to-be-built strip club in the western suburb of Stone Park has this to say to a group of neighboring nuns who don’t like his plans: Mind your own business.

“As a legal, tax-paying citizen of this community, we ask only to be judged fairly by what we have done and not through the recent religious fervor,” Bob Itzkow, the club’s owner, said in statement released Friday. “In reference to our non-tax-paying neighbors, we ask that you treat us as we have treated you, by not trying to unduly disturb us by imposing your religious beliefs on us or others. All throughout our plans for this project, we’ve followed the letter and spirit of the law.”

The Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo, who occupy the property next to the club, have moral objections to the project and have raised questions about whether the rules were followed properly by Stone Park officials during the 2010 approval process.

Stone Park Mayor Beniamino Mazulla has said everything was done legally, even though he’s not personally a big fan of the project.

On Friday, one of the nuns, Sister Marissonia Daltoe, responded to Itzkow’s statement this way: “To me personally, this is not a matter of imposing religious beliefs — it’s a matter of defending our moral Christian principles of the community at large.”

Daltoe said the sisters are currently “in a moment of reflection” regarding any future efforts to fight the club.

“We are thinking,” she said. “We are seeing what can be done.”

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