Sunday, April 17, 2011

He works in mysterious ways.

I am a huge fan of the web tool Stumble Upon. For those of you unfamiliar, I highly recommend it. Essentially you hit the magic Stumble Upon button and it brings you a random page from the internet with an amazingly high rate of awesome. I've found recipes, gorgeous photos, funny videos, you name it. Well just this very night, my favorite interweb friend brought me to an article by the Clarke County Democrat, a local paper for Grove Hill, Alabama. What could possibly be so awesome as to merit a repost from Grove Hill, AL? Oh, this little gem below:

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 to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. 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, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.” 

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I guess prayer works right up until the point you can be held liable.  
I have not followed up on this to see how the judge ruled. If he ruled in favor of the bar, could that then set precedent that praying for an A on a test, merits cheating? Just a thought.