The gay and lesbian newsmagazine The Advocate had a story on its web site about the evangelizing airline pilot. Apparently Advocate editor-in-chief Bruce Steele was on board the flight, and his article tells a slightly different story about what the pilot said and did. The Advocate article is remarkable not just because it is so even-handed in its reporting, but also because it highlights how widely disparate eyewitness accounts of an event can be. Would the passenger who thought the pilot said that non-Christians were crazy have felt less threatened if she'd heard what other passengers heard? And reading this version of the events on that plane, do you still think that the pilot went too far to share his faith?
And then ask yourself, as I asked myself, “Would I have raised my hand? High? Or timidly?”
I found the link to this article via a fairly new blog, “Get Religion,” which is written and edited by two well-known and respected religion journalists, Terry Mattingly and Douglas LeBlanc. This is an excellent blog for people who want to see how the media is covering religion.