My mother-in-law passed along a joke today that the pastor at her church (same denomination as ours - we used to go there) told last week during the confirmation service. She didn't like it and thought it was in poor taste. Me? I thought it was funny. Since I heard it second hand I am not sure I can do it justice, but here goes:
There once was a church that had problems with bats infesting its bell tower (yes, they had "bats in the belfry"). They tried everything to rid themselves of the flying pests. They put out poison bait. That didn't work. Then they put in speakers to make noises at all hours of the day and night, but that didn't work, either. Hardware cloth between the louvers, fake owls, bright lights - the bats just refused to leave. They finally went to the trouble and expense of hiring a professional exterminator, but even he couldn't get the bats out of the belfry. It was very frustrating. Finally, the pastor hit upon a brilliant idea. He confirmed the bats and they never came back to the church after that.