About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Sikhs had to
leave Italy. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Sikh community. So
Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the
Sikh community. If the Sikh won, the Sikhs could stay. If the Pope won,
the Sikhs would leave.
The Sikhs realized that they had no choice. So they picked a middle-aged
man named Harbinder Singh to represent them. Harbinder asked for one
additional condition to the debate. To make it more interesting, neither
side would be allowed to talk. The Pope agreed.
The day of the great debate came. Harbinder Singh and the Pope sat
opposite each other for a full minute. Then the Pope raised his hand and
three fingers. Harbinder looked back at him and raised one finger. The
Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Harbinder pointed to
ground where he sat. The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine.
Harbinder pulled out an apple.
The Pope stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Sikhs
An hour later, the cardinals were gathered around the Pope asking him what
had happened. The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent
the holy trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that
there was still one God common to both our religions. Then I waved my
finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He responded by
pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us. I
pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins.
He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for
everything. What could I do?"
Meanwhile, the Sikh community had crowded around Harbinder Singh. "What
happened?", they asked. "Well," said Harbinder, "First he said to me that
the Sikhs had three days to get out of here. I told him to f *@ k off and
not one of us was leaving. Then he told me that this whole city would be
cleared of Sikhs. I let him know that we were staying right here."
"Yes, and then???", asked the crowd.
"I don't know", said Harbinder, "He took out his lunch, and I took out
mine!!! And then he said that we could stay.