ST. GEORGE, UTAH (AP) — When the St. George Christian Church asked its members for donations to help fix a leaking roof, one of their followers dug deeper than others.
20-year-old, unemployed college student, Hannah Schaefer, had been attending the church regularly since the age of 9 and wanted to help the church that she felt had helped her in so many ways.
“When I heard they needed money to repair their roof, I wanted to help, but I had no money to give,” Schaefer told local station Fox13. “So I gave the most valuable thing that belonged to me, my virginity.”
Schaefer had placed her virginity up for sale on the online auction site Ebay and the bids immediately started pouring in. Saudi billionaire Saad Hariri won the auction with a winning bid of $965,215.01
Schaefer spoke to CNN about the sexual encounter with the Saudi billionaire.
“It was absolutely horrible,” Schaefer said. “It was really sweaty and he smelled really bad and there was lots of hair everywhere, but I was more than happy to do it for my church and for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time I felt like I was going to vomit, I just thought of my church and how after I helped get them a new roof, the rain couldn’t get in. That is the only thing that kept me from breaking down in tears during that horrible time, the worst experience of my life.”
After Schaefer collected the money from the auction, the church was more than happy to accept her generous donation; but when the following Sunday came, Schaefer and her family were no longer allowed to attend services.
“They wouldn’t let us in the church,” Schaefer sobs. “It was so embarrassing. They accepted my donation and then told my family and I that we were no longer welcome.”
“It’s so sad to hear about what this church did to this poor girl; all she wanted to do was help and they took advantage of that. It disgusts me when religion does something like this; they’re more than happy to take the money any way possible, no questions asked, but after that, the person is out on their own.” Bradley said. “Also, I just want to say a big thanks to everyone that has supported our cause that gives brand new socks to the homeless. Socks are the least donated item to homeless shelters, but most desired. Please, donate what you can, every bit helps so much.”
Paul Horner, who is a spokesman for the church, made a statement to reporters about the incident.
“We appreciate what Hannah Schaefer did by helping us raise the money for our new roof, but her method for raising the money is not something the church can condone. We wish Hannah and her family all the best and we will be praying for them.”
Tom Downey, a spokesman for Unicef, told reporters he does not agree with the actions taken by the church.
“This church took this poor girl’s money, not caring how she got it, and then once they had her money, then their morals kicked in. It’s absolutely disgusting what religion does to people, and the fact that they are tax-exempt, not having to pay their fair share of taxes, is beyond belief. It makes zero sense.”
Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, a mascot for a Christian organization that travels around the country educating children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation, told ABC News he believes in what Utah is doing.
“Personally, I don’t understand why the church decided to ban this girl. Yes, she’s a slutty, gross, perverted, probably AIDS infested hooker, but did she masturbate? No. I say the church should let her back in, because at the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that Jesus loves each and every one of us, unless we masturbate, then we’ll burn in Hell for eternity.”
The Schaefer family is currently disputing the ban and looking into possible legal action to recover Hannah’s donation of nearly one million dollars.