Frequently, Larry, the organizer of a small group with whom I golf nine holes once a week, sends tales that have a religious setting. I’m sharing his most resent:
TEXAS CHURCH Lawsuit….
MT. VERNON, TEXAS … BROTHEL SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE!
Diamond D’s brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the business from expanding — with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at their church.
Work on Diamond D’s progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the whorehouse and burned it to the ground!
After the cat-house was burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about “the power of prayer.”
But late last week ‘Big Jugs’ Jill Diamond, the owner/ madam, sued the church, the preacher and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church … “was ultimately responsible for the demise of her building and her 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, “I don’t know how the hell I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, that we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it’s all bullshit.”
Enough said? No, not quite enough. Snopes site traces this tale to its Origin: Our earliest sighting of the item comes from a 2001 issue of “Smilers,” an online compendium of humor. It in turn gave as its source “Our Daily Bread,” a publication of RBC Ministries. http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/prayer.asp
Because Snopes prohibits copy of its material without permission, I’ll not copy it, but those interested will find this not-so urban Texas legend has also been told in other locations. It’s message? My reply to Larry was: “Larry, thanks for this story. It makes this guy (me, a big preacher of doubt) feel ever so superior to those who are devout and hypocritical. I know it’s just humor, but that has been and will be passed on as a laugh at our stupidity.”
So I send this on to you knowing this post is not so important as the big issues, but we need a laugh now and then when we know nuclear destruction in the hands of a military-minded political-industrial complex or when we cope with the insignificant minor stresses of our every day lives. I say this having been made aware of the big issues at the same time of Larry’s tale by my daughter, Gay, of the Sunflower Newsletter: August 2013. www.wagingpeace.org/menu/resources/sunflower.