February 9, 2004

God Is My Co-Pilot

American Airlines Pilot Plugs Christianity (ABC News)

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?"

Posted by James at February 9, 2004 12:03 AM
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"Nothing guarantees freedom from religion..."

I've heard this one before, from someone at work I didn't know was a rightie. We were discussing the Giant Granite 10 Commandments, and he said that the Constitution didn't guarantee freedom _from_ religion. He then said our system of government is based on the 10 commandments and that the 10 Cs are a historical document.

I was stunned, but did manage to say that I didn't believe the 10 Cs is a historical document, and it shouldn't be equated with actual historical documents, like the Magna Carta, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and others whose authorship is clear.

We argued a bit more, but I decided I had to exit the conversation. I think it's a bad idea to discuss religion or politics at work, unless you _know_ you're speaking with a like-minded person. I was definitely not. That and the fact that he's a fairly big cheese made me feel very uncomfortable. On the whole, a not very good idea.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 9, 2004 4:13 PM

God's given free will, you have the right to believe in him or not. But just the same, you don't have to believe in trucks but once you step out in the freeway, you WILL get hit by one. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean its not real.

Posted by: at February 11, 2004 12:19 PM

"The invisible and the nonexistent look much the same."

Posted by: James at February 11, 2004 5:47 PM

> Just because you don't believe in
> something doesn't mean its not real.

Duh, just because YOU believe in something doesn't mean it IS real.

As far as I'm concerned the best approach to making decisions in life is to be guided by critical thinking. That is, look for a preponderance of evidence, check your theories by trying to disprove them, etc.

If you want to approach decisions in life based on your particular mythological fantasy, more power to you, but don't expect to impress me.

Particularly if you can't sign your name to it.

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 15, 2004 10:29 AM

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