Topic: "Do They Like Kool Aid?"
Christopher Chung of Orlando, Florida (governed by Jeb Bush), is a Jehovah's Witness. Mr. Chung's religious beliefs require him "to avoid encountering or having association with spirits or demons." This doctrine presented Mr. Chung with a problem only when subcontractors at work on the restaurant he was having renovated reported seeing ghosts. Mr. Chung expressed his reluctance to move into the haunted leased space, and the landlords subsequently filed suit for $2.6 Million.
To their credit, the landlords first sought to remedy the situation. They asked first if these were bad ghosts, or if they were good ghosts? Frodo was impressed by the philosophical nature of the inquiry (he was alone in this assessment however, since Mr. Chung did not see the relevance of the query). The landlords then offered to sponsor an exorcism to eliminate the issue entirely. Mr. Chung noted that such a rite is Roman Catholic and is not accepted by his faith.
The landlords felt they had no further option to the filing of a lawsuit. In the suit they asked a judge to decide whether the building is haunted and, if so, whether the ghosts would interfere with the restaurant's business.
Frodo is fascinated by the possibilities this offers for judicial activism. Imagine, dear reader, if you were a patron of Mr. Chung's restaurant, and your waiter was headless (not quite what we've grown accustomed to at "Hooters," eh what?). Frodo would love to be an attorney for one day, for this case. How appropriate, this might be the first case to reach the level of appeal before the "John Roberts Court." Frodo salivates over the opinion of Justice Thomas in matters of this nature (not that he's never before reminded Frodo of anyone named "Lightnin'" or "Rochester) .
No matter what, we know that Governor Jeb Bush will step into the issue as a "friend of the court." His public comments regarding the late Terry Schiavo made it abundantly clear that he would be unsurprised at her appearance at the grand opening of Mr. Chung's restaurant.
Life would certainly be a lot less amusing if Mr. Chung simply joined the Church of England.