Received the following in a bulletin from one of the "institutional" congregations, without the parenthetical insertions, of course!
An Answer To A Fool's Folly
Once upon a time a Mohammedan came to one of his religious leaders called a Kadi, and asked, "If I eat dates, is it against the commands of religion?" "No," said the Kadi. "And may I add some water?" "Certainly." "And is it wrong if I take a little yeast?" "Oh, no." "Well," went on the questioner, "date wine consists only of these three ingredients (constituent elements). Why then is it forbidden by the laws of our religion?"
The Kadi thought for a minute, and then he said, "If I throw a handful of dust on your head, will that cause pain?" "Not in the least." "And if I add some water will it hurt you then?" "I think not." "Now, if I mix dust and water together and burn it into a brick and hit you on the head, what then?" (Total situation.)