In a small mid western conservative town, a new bar/tavern started a
building to open up their business. The local Baptist church started a
campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work
progressed, however right up till 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, till 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 that doesn't.