I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

In God's Name

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

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a
few days later, a strong lightning struck the brothel and it was burnt to the

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the
brothel owner sued the church authorities on the grounds that the church
through its congregation and prayers was ultimately responsible for the
destruction of his brothel, either through direct or indirect actions or

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or
any connection that their prayers were reasons for the act of God. As the case
made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing
and commented:

'I don't know how I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the
paperwork, we have a brothel owner who believes in the power of prayer and we
have an entire church that doesn't.'

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