In Balibago, Angeles City, MeKeni Rogers Beer-Gin House began construction on expansion of their building to increase their business.
In response, the church started a campaign to block the bar from expanding with Petitions, Candle Light Vigils and Prayer Rallies.
After the bar burning to the ground by a lightning strike, the church folks were rather self-righteously complacent in their outlook, bragging about “The POWER of PRAYER”, 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".
In its reply to the court, the Church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
The judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply and at the opening hearing he commented:
"I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who now believes in the Power of Prayer, and an entire Church congregation that nowdoes not."
Note: If I were the judge, I would have immediately dismissed this suit on a technicality:
"You should have sued the heavens as the principal and the Church only as conspirators. This is a technically stupid charge. Case dismissed !!!"