Big John began construction on an expansion of his saloon to accommodate his ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block him from expanding -- with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at the church.
Work on the saloon progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening, when lightning struck the building and burned it to the ground!
After the saloon was destroyed by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer."
But late last week Big John sued the church, the preacher, and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church "was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building and his business -- either through direct or indirect divine actions or means."
In its reply to the court, the church vehemently and voraciously denied any and all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
The crusty old judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "It appears from the paperwork submitted to me that we have a saloon owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all a bunch of baloney. Found floating on the Internet