- In a small midwestern conservative town, a new bar/tavern started a
building to open up their business. The local Baptist church started a
campaign with petitions and prayers to block the bar from opening.
Work progressed, however right up until the week before opening, when a
lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground.
The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until
the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was
ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through
direct or indirect actions or means.
The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to
the buildings demise in its reply to the court.
As the case made it's way into court, the judge looked over the
paperwork at the hearing and commented, "I don't know how I'm going to
decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner
that believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation