(380) Fri 27 Dec 96 1:45
By: Richard Smith
Re: God misses victims . . .
The following was posted by someone named Barbara Mikkelson,
obstensibly from A World Of Luck, A Library Of Curious And
Unusual Facts, by Time Life Books, ISBN 0-8094-7711-4, p. 59.
I think it clearly opens up a can of worms about Xtians and
their Deity . . . :
* Copied (from: alt.folklore.urban) by Richard Smith using
> Choir practice at the West Side Baptist Church in
> Beatrice, Nebraska, always began at 7:20 on Wednesday
> evening. At 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 1950, an
> explosion demolished the church. The blast forced a nearby
> radio station off the air and shattered windows in
> surrounding homes.
> But every one of the choir's fifteen members escaped
> injury, saved by a fortuitous coincidence: All were late for
> practice that night. Considering the sanctified site of the
> explosion, it was not surprising that some attributed the
> near miss to divine intervention.
> They supposed rightly that the odds of unanimous tardiness
> were slim indeed, especially when the reasons were examined.
> Car trouble delayed two women. The minister and his wife and
> daughter were delayed by a dress that needed ironing at the
> last minute. Others were late because they paused to complete
> homework, finish a letter, or hear the end of a favorite
> radio show. One awoke late from a nap. Some could think of no
> special reason; they were just late.
> It is impossible to calculate precise odds for all these
> events occurring at once. But past performance indicated that
> each person would be late for practice one time in four --
> producing a one-in-a-million chance that the entire choir
> would be late that night.
Skeptic's take on the above: Gads, the Xtian Deity doesn't
have any better aim than Asmodeus does . . .
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