Pastors ask town to enact morality law

January 07, 1997


Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Eleven religious leaders in Williamsport have asked the Town Council to enact a morality law aimed at barring topless dancing.

In a letter read by Mayor John Slayman at Monday's council workshop session, the ministers asked that the town enact a "morality law" designed to keep exotic dancing and topless entertainment from the town.

"We are asking you to enact this law because we are concerned about the moral welfare of our community," said the letter, signed by 11 Williamsport-area pastors involved in the Williamsport Ministerium.


"Immoral activities such as exotic or topless dancers which are listed as entertainment will lower the moral fiber of our community," the letter said.

The pastors said in the letter that they were willing to work with the town to come up with a law that would withstand any legal challenges.

The letter was dated Oct. 16, but Slayman said he did not receive it until after the Town Council's last meeting in December.

The council said it would turn the matter over to the town attorney for a recommendation.

Slayman and council members were reluctant to discuss the matter pending receipt of legal advice.

Last fall, topless dancing was featured on weekends at a Williamsport night spot.

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