No more prayers on Alaska Airlines…

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Alaska Airlines ends long tradition of giving passengers prayer cards with in-flight meals

Daily Mail: Alaska Airlines is ending a decades-long tradition of handing out prayer cards with their in-flight meals because an increasing number of passengers were offended by them. (Are they offended by American currency that states, “In God We Trust”?)
Alaska Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the decision was made out of respect for all passengers, and follows feedback from customers that they preferred not to mix religion with transportation.
‘The decision reflects respect for the diverse religious beliefs and cultural attitudes of Alaska Airlines’ customers and employees,’ the company said in announcing the change.
‘Some customers were comforted by the cards and some didn’t feel religion was appropriate on the plane and preferred not to receive one,’ she said.
The cards offer a short excerpt of a psalm from the Old Testament printed on a beautiful photograph. One current example includes this excerpt printed over a beach scene: ‘Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.’
A card with a mountain scene states: ‘I will be glad to rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name O most high.’
Read the rest of the story here.
Religion doesn’t mix with transportation?  Who exactly do airline passengers pray to when experiencing extreme turbulence (I know I’m praying like crazy!)?  And who do you think passengers of flights that have crashed were screaming to as their flights were going down? 
This won’t stop me from flying on Alaska Airlines.  And it sure won’t stop me from praying while flying either!

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0 responses to “No more prayers on Alaska Airlines…

  1. Reblogged this on redboar71.

  2. Pfft! Egan said the decision was made out of respect for all passengers… ‘all’ passengers? Why must those who may appreciate this be grouped w/those who don’t… and can’t those who don’t like them just toss them under their tray or in the trash – sheesh, that would be too easy now, wouldn’t it?…But no, they actually ‘strive’ to stir the pot of removing every bit of God out of Everything…
    Seems I wouldn’t be so quick to remove God or His word out of an airplane flight if I were them…just sayin’

  3. I bet the prayer cards will come back should Alaska Airlines lose a plane.

  4. I flew Alaska Airlines back in 1997, and when we left in 2000, I don’t remember any prayer cards then either. The lower 48 h ave always treated Alaska (from the beginning) like a step child. What bugs me is that Alaska has always had a very independent mind set so I hate to see them caving to political correctness.

  5. Get a load of this guy, mocking the prayers. Wonder what would happen to him if he mocked Islam….
    Alaska Airlines’ prayer cards always offended Gordon Bowker, not because the Seattle businessman cared what religion they represented, but because they suggested in-flight prayer was a good idea. “I’d get a clutch in my stomach when I read it,” said Bowker, who co-founded Starbucks and Redhook Ale Brewery.
    “My reasoning was, if they put that card on the plate, they must be worried that something bad was going to happen. If they’re worried, I’m worried.” So, Bowker took the ornery road and began reciting the prayers in his most resonant voice. “I could respectfully remain silent, but it’s their prayer and here we go — better to be safe,” he joked. “We’d be flying along, and I’d say, ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’ ”

  6. Now they’ll reap the whirlwind.

  7. 🙁


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