Friday, 23 October 2009

The powerlessness of prayer

A correspondent in a letter to the National Secular Society’s Newsline relates the following:

In a small Texas town, Mt. Vernon, Drummond’s Bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign of petitions and prayers to block the bar from opening.

Work progressed right up till the week before opening, when lightning struck 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 building's demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, as it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not!”


zola a social thing said...

Jesus always weeps when our Anticant is on a roll.

Yet when our Anticant rolls so shall the profane suffer.

All power to yer elbow me young lad.

Jose said...

There are people who are better praying, while they pray they don't do anything else, which used to be wars in the past.

Jose said...

I forgot, excuse me, and not so far in the past.

Phil said...

I sypathize with the Judge. Both sides are full of the proverbial. However, I like the bar owner's use of the the other side's crap. Since both are factually wrong, I would find against the most hypocritical.

Merkin said...

Beautiful story, Anti.

Simply beaut.

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