Anti-Gay Preacher… at the Airport

Last week, a strange event happened at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Here’s a law professor from Florida explaining what went down:

At approximately 12:45 am, my partner and I were in the baggage claim area in terminal 3. We had just arrived from Chicago and were waiting for our bags when an announcement came over the intercom. It basically said that “a man who lies with another man as he would a woman is subject to death.” We couldn’t believe what we heard, and then it came over the intercom again a few minutes later. We were shaken by the announcement because it specifically said “subject to death”.

What was that all about? The person making those comments has been identified, and the Miami Herald reports the following:

The man is Jethro Monestime, 23, a skycap for Superior Aircraft Services.

Monestime said it was meant as a prank, airport officials announced at a news conference Monday morning.

It was not immediately known if he would be disciplined and if so, in what way.

A prank? Hilarious. Really.

Why that isn’t immediate grounds for firing, I don’t know. If I go through security with a bottle of water, all hell breaks loose. But someone says a group of people should be condemned to death… in the middle of an airport? They’ll get back to you about that…

Actually, Broward County officials stated that Monestime would have been fired if he had worked for the airport. But he does not. Rather, he works for a company that is a subcontractor, so his fate is in the hands of Superior Aircraft Services.

Ed Brayton adds a good point:

Do you think there would be the slightest hesitation to fire him if he had announced that all black people were “subject to death”? He’d already be gone. And he should be gone.

(Thanks to Logos for the story)


[tags]atheist, atheism, Fort Lauderdale Airport, law, Florida, Chicago, gay, homosexual, Miami Herald, Jethro Monestime, Superior Aircraft Services, Broward County, Ed Brayton[/tags]

  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C

    He shouldn’t have just been fired. He should have been arrested or at least detained. How can you make threatening statements over the PA system at an airport and not bring the law down on you? A former coworker of mine was detained at an airport once simply for joking to his friend that his new beard made him look like a terrorist.

  • anti-nonsense

    that is seriously fucked, guy should have been fired before he finished his spiel. That is not an acceptable “joke”.

  • Darryl

    Does anyone but me see the comic irony in this poor fools name–Jethro?

  • http://danharlow.com Dan Harlow

    A former coworker of mine was detained at an airport once simply for joking to his friend that his new beard made him look like a terrorist.

    ????!!

    Yelling “Fire” in a theater is one thing, but he got detained for that? Please tell me the airport he was in was not in America.

    Of course, I know you won’t because only in America could something like that happen … well maybe also in China, Iran and North Korea too.

  • http://danharlow.com Dan Harlow

    Darryl:
    I probably should not laugh because I’d be stereotyping all people named Jethro (and all that implies) – but I don’t care because it is hilarious.

  • Tina

    I was curious as to the reactions of other people at the airport. I mean, did everyone look at each other in shocked amazement as I would have?

  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C
    A former coworker of mine was detained at an airport once simply for joking to his friend that his new beard made him look like a terrorist.

    ????!!

    Yelling “Fire” in a theater is one thing, but he got detained for that? Please tell me the airport he was in was not in America.

    It was shortly after 9/11 and his joke was overheard by a fellow passenger waiting in line. She was “concerned” and reported him to security.

  • http://danharlow.com Dan Harlow

    It was shortly after 9/11 and his joke was overheard by a fellow passenger waiting in line. She was “concerned” and reported him to security.

    Ahh, the good ‘ol “concerned” (paranoid) citizen. I guess her actions speak more about her than it does about your friend, though.

    Hopefully your friend was not required to submit to a body cavity search. :)


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