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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 17, 2010

In a small town in America, a person decided to open up a bar business, which was right opposite to a church. The church & its congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong lightning bolt struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground. The church folk were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church authorities for $2 million on the grounds that the church through its congregation & prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of the bar shop, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the bar shop’s demise. In support of their claim they referred to the
Benson study at Harvard that stated; “intercessory prayer had no impact !”

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork and at the hearing he made these comments:

“I don’t know how I am going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire church and its devotees that does not.”

Author - Akanksha Goel
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