“God be my savior…”: Screaming ‘prayer’ on a plane

I didn’t mean to do it, but I started working on two projects a little too close to deadline, so today is a mad scramble to get done.

While I’m working, here’s a question for you: This lady screaming “God you’re my savior” while on the plane. Out of her head or just screwing around, or in some kind of fugue state? Maybe her mother made her repeat that and she was having a weird episode.

It would certainly be unnerving to listen to 20 minutes of that. Picturing myself there, over the course of 20 minutes I think I’d move from concern (“poor thing is out of her head”) to being much less sympathetic.

Clearly this is an unusual instance, but it sure doesn’t help people’s perceptions of believers. I don’t know if she is a Christian; she’s saying “God”, not “Jesus”, but whatever her faith, it’s not helpful to the rest of us. I’m pretty sure if a Muslim were screaming “Allahu Akbar” for twenty minutes on a plane, people wouldn’t like it and it would color their perceptions about Muslims. Same for Christians.

What about you? Would you be able to endure this, as these passengers did (and all credit to them) or would you end up losing it, too?

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  • Talking Mouse

    Endure it yes. All she is doing is moving air through her mouth. We endure babies crying for longer than 20 minutes all the time. Like it, feel some respect for her beliefs, etc, no of course not.

  • Mary

    I am always unnerved by this sort of religious exhibitionism. Shortly after 9/11 I had the misfortune of being seated next to a young woman in full hijab, who, as the flight was taking off, reached into her purse, took out her Koran and began rocking back and forth, reading and singing verses aloud. I saw it as a diilberate attempt to draw attention. But no one said a word, and I kept a close watch on her the entire flight.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

    I saw the video and she was clearly freaking out. I thought they were supposed land and throw the passengers off who behaved erratically like that. I wondered if the man in the video was her caregiver or doctor or something. I have little patience for shit like that – if you know you’re gonna freak the hell out on a plane, alert the flight staff, get some meds from your doc before the flight and self medicate.

  • KyPerson

    I really don’t have much patience with drama queens and I think she was one.

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    I wasn’t there, but this is not a religious experience. From someone medically unqualified like me, I’d venture to say that she’s just having an anxiety attack which happened to have a religious tone. That’s all, nothing to see here. Especially you, bigots, who are using this to bash Christians.

  • ladybird

    Flying in a plane, living in an apartment building or suburbia, etc. we are all “mushed” together. Someone has to yell!
    A relative took a 360 degree video at Times Square. He thought it was exhilarating. I thought it was hyper stimulus and assaulting. I would have felt this way about the screaming lady. The majority of us can handle only so much. Prayer and deep breathing are probably the only answers (and maybe a drink on a plane) for the emotionally injured and for our patience. And, when flying, always carry ear plugs.

  • perpper

    Maybe she had to fly in spite of her issues to make it to her mother’s funeral. Honestly, I dread the day I have to transport my crippled spouse to his mother’s funeral — he won’t freak out, it will just be the horror of travelling handicapped. Maybe this poor soul is under some horrible geas of this ilk.

    Guess what … I wrote the above paragraph before I clicked on the link. Swish! Cut the poor woman a break … obviously she has issues and she is on her way to her mother’s funeral. May God bless and protect her.


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