Christians singing and praying on a plane. No big deal, I suppose. As a secular person who once thought that was cool, I might smile or snooze. Except, I think Rep. Omar has a cogent point. Muslim prayers, Buddhist chants, Wiccan songs, Atheist dances. . .with a captive audience at 30,000 feet? Talk about theological turbulence!
“Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who is Muslim, had a similarly skeptical reaction. Responding on Twitter, she wrote: “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
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“As the backlash to Omar shows, Christian identity politicians and activists love to complain about persecution. They label Omar or anyone else who questions them as prejudiced. But in reality, Christians have enormous social and political power in the U.S. They can sweep politicians into office. They can force pregnant people to give birth. They can even force you to listen to them sing 30,000 feet up in the air.”
I do offer one response, but I admit it’s a very old one:
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners [or on airplanes] to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
~Flying Jesus, Matthew 6
I think the proper response from the other people on the plane should have been a rousing chorus of “Baby Shark”. Followed by “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” until the preachers get the message.
Might work. Just glad I wasn’t on that plane.