Passenger Amanda Nelligan told WCBS-TV of New York that the pilot called non-Christians "crazy" and that his comments "felt like a threat." She said she and several others aboard were so worried they tried to call relatives on their cell phones before flight attendants assured them they were safe and that people on the ground had been notified about the pilot's comments.
I'm just trying to imagine what would have happened if a fellow had gotten up to announce he was going to bring the passengers closer to Allah.
I hear it did trigger a terror alert, which is good to know, because I was planning to do the same thing next time I get on a plane. But I've reconsidered.
I can forgive the guy for being all excited about his faith. Apparently he was fresh back from a retreat in Costa Rica. Those things tend to reinforce the little zealot in people. But the swipe about "crazy" is uncalled for.
Unfortunately, I can anticipate the knee-jerk martyr commentary that is on its way. "The anti-Christian media is going to be all over this story!' "Nothing guarantees freedom from religion -- activist judges are trying to silence this good man!" "We have to listen to the completely secular safety speech the stewardesses give every time we go on a flight. What's wrong with a little god time?"