United States: Canada has found a novel way to rid itself of the more loony fundie elements in its midst, they ship them to the US where they fit right in.
Two Pentecostals got a tad carried away in New York this week by announcing that the 11 Spetember attacks were a damn fine reason to pray. Perhaps, if you're so inclined, but making a loud declaration on a plane about to take off is probably not the best way to go about it.
Two preachers grounded a flight leaving Buffalo, New York, after they frightened passengers by declaring the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a good reason to pray, officials said on Thursday.
One preacher told fellow passengers as the Continental Airlines plane taxied down the runway,Your last breath on earth is the first one in heaven as long as you are born again and have Jesus in your heart,according to FBI spokesman Paul Moskal.
Passengers on the Wednesday flight to Newark, New Jersey told a flight attendant, who alerted the plane's captain, officials said. The captain turned the plane around.
They were sincere in their beliefs and were not malicious,Moskal said by telephone from Buffalo.In the context of 9/11 it may not have been the best way to promote their religion.
The two Pentecostal ministers, Canadian nationals Yohan Heenatigala and Komal Singh, were questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later released and put on another flight, the spokesman said. They were traveling to attend a convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
Praying Preachers Ground Flight - Reuters, 27th May 2004.