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Alaska Airlines ends prayer cards on flights
Alaska Airlines distributed prayer cards like these on flights for more than 30 years.
January 26th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Alaska Airlines ends prayer cards on flights

By Aaron Cooper, CNN

(CNN) - Passengers on Alaska Airlines will no longer get a free Psalm with their meal.

On Wednesday, the airline announced it is ending its more than 30-year tradition of including printed cards with short Bible verses during meal service.

“I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name O most high,” was written on one card, over an image of foggy blue mountains. Another card featured these words over a beach at sunset: "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

The cards have been distributed on trays with Alaska Airlines meals since the 1970s, according to airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan. Since 2006, only passengers in First Class on longer Alaska Airlines flights have been served meals, so only a small percent of passengers received a card.

“This difficult decision was not made lightly,” the airline’s top executives said an email to frequent passengers. “We believe it's the right thing to do in order to respect the diverse religious beliefs and cultural attitudes of all our customers and employees.”

“We also know some of you consider the cards to be a tradition that reflects your own spiritual beliefs,” the email said. “At the same time, we've heard from many of you who believe religion is inappropriate on an airplane, and some are offended when we hand out the cards.”

Kathy Hosford, of Dyea, Alaska told CNN Affiliate that ““I take the time to read them. It really tells me the airline cares about the people sitting there.”

Others disagree. “Religious attitudes do vary,” Egan says, and “a large percent of residents in markets that we do serve on the West Coast say religion is not important to them.”

“We have been keeping track over the recent years and we are receiving more complaints than compliments” says Egan. Between 1998 and 2002 they received 242 complaints and 141 compliments about the cards.

The idea to distribute the cards in the first place came from a marketing executive who borrowed the idea from another carrier as a way to differentiate Alaska’s service, according to the airline’s statement.

But that view has now changed. “A business that aspires to be diverse and inclusive shouldn't have a religious agenda. Religious beliefs are deeply personal and vary greatly among our customers” Egan said in an emailed statement.

The decision to eliminate the cards was made last fall, she says, and takes effect on February 1. No decision yet about what to do with the leftovers.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Alaska • Prayer

soundoff (2,364 Responses)
  1. emery

    keep it up America, in the name of tolerance, we are intolerant of God. When we realize that this is the reason for our decline, it will be too late.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Hingir

      You can do what you want privately, but Buddists, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, all have their own Gods and Christianity shouldn't be shoved in their face.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      The rise and fall of nations is hardly a way to measure how a nation believes. How would you explain Ch_ina? Maybe Imperial Ja_pan of the olden days? There have been many nations that were larger or greater than the US that were hardly religious in a Judeo-Christian sense.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  2. David

    So saying that God is great and that his love endures forever is offensive? How does that insult anyone? The verses printed on the cards did not exclude anyone or even judge anyone. All it looks like to me is, trust in God because he loves you and wants to bless you if you choose to call out to him. If you don't believe in God why do statements like this bother you at all? Some people like these cards, so just do away with them all because you don't believe God is great? kinda selfish. I know that many Christians have been hypocritical, judgemental, and just plain mean. I know people have had bad experiences with church in the past. But nobody is perfect. Regardless of messed up experiences, many well-minded and good-hearted people believe in a great and loving creator God. If you don't like the prayer cards, don't read them. But why should they be abolished? They are not insulting or judging anyone.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • iamdeadlyserious

      They're meant to convert the people who don't already believe. They serve no other purpose.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • QS

      "If you don't believe in God why do statements like this bother you at all?'

      For the same reason that it bothers us when religious people think all their preaching and going door-to-door to "spread the gospel" is just as innocuous as a prayer card....because they see it as a gesture of goodwill without bothering to recognize that we see it as attempts at conversion.

      I don't care what anybody else believes – but that doesn't mean I want to be subjected to those beliefs at every turn just because those people believe I need "saving" or need to be "blessed".

      It's all religious arrogance that, unfortunately, the religious never seem to succeed in understanding.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Turn the tables

      Tell us how you would feel if you received an atheist card with your airline dinner, or an Islamic one? Your response would be totally different.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • tkogrady

      As the airline had the wisdom to finally realize, faith is personal. And should be personal. If nothing is handed out, then no one can be offended. Once you start handing out someone's version of religion, someone else is going to be offended. Ever heard of the crusades? Northern Ireland? The West Bank and Gaza Strip? In case you haven't noticed, people fight about God. We really don't need them doing that on an airplane . . . the TSA wouldn't like that very much.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Andrew

      It isn't that it is directly offensive – it is uncomfortable and has a belittling effect on those that do not believe in the Abrahamic God. It is similar to be given a verse from the Quran. It isn't offensive at all – but it is uncomfortable to receive. I'm not a religious person – and I do become uneased whenever someone prays around me because it almost makes me feel left out – I can imagine some deeply religous people of other faiths being offended by something as simple as a card. Of course, I don't complain when someone says something like "God bless you" but it iis tiring to have people on the street corner reading out bible versus. I hope this sheds some light.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Floyd

      "So saying that God is great and that his love endures forever is offensive?"
      Yes, because there are a lot of religions in the world, and there are also lots of people who are not religious. Many people are not religious. Many others are religious, but are Buddhist, Catholic, Unitarian, Jewish, and so forth. Don't push your religion on others. I certainly won't push my beliefs on you.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  3. Uncouth Swain

    This topic got over six pages of comments in about an hour. The "hornor killing" story got one page in a three-four hour time frame.
    Why? Is it easier to be offended with this topic than the other? Or is a Christian themed story just that much more interesting to write comments on?

    January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Oops...meant "honor". Don't want to offend the spelling gestapo.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • iamdeadlyserious

      It might have something to do with the fact that no one is going to debate that honor killings are horrific.

      Or it could be that many people don't watch videos at work.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • you're talking sense to an idiot

      time waster, imo

      January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  4. Leaf on the Wind

    A woman is quoted as saying "I take the time to read them. It really tells me the airline cares about the people sitting there." Does she really believe that? It was a marketing ploy, dear. Nothing more.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  5. Bob

    What to do with the rest of the cards? I have an ides – BURN THEM!

    January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Burning literature...how 1930's.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Pam

      They can offer the rest of the cards for sale on their website and CNN can announce the sale. Let them sell them for 7 cents each and the buyer pays postage. I for one would buy them for our church, since the kids could use them for lessons.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  6. William

    There is a big difference between Buddha & true Christianity. This country was founded on Christ.Alaska air don't have any backbone..... all because a few lousy dollars, shame on you

    January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Hingir

      That's completely false. It was in no way whatsoever founded on Christianity.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • jaintn

      Nowhere do the founding father's reference Christ. Our money says In God We Trust. God encompasses every religion. If that airline had been providing prayer cards for ANY religion other than Christianity we would have heard the screams all the way from Alsaka to the lower 48. One of my Pentecostal religious nut job co-workers is constantly ranting about Christianity not being taught in school. She actually told me that "they're trying to take our religion from us" because they stopped leading the crowd in Christian prayer before the local HS football games. My response was that if someone could take her religion then her faith must not be all that strong, and furthermore, anyone can pray anywhere at anytime to anyone or anything.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @William
      Please read the introductory line to the treaty of tripoli.
      America wasn't founded on Christ.

      January 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • captain america

      We do not need canadians advising us on our history go pound salt doc.There's your sign

      January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Me

    For all you Christian people saying "Deal with it" or "what a bunch of whiners"...i would bet you my life, that if the airlines gave out prayer cards from a different religion..say Islam. Although it would be heartfelt and loving and hopeful....there would be thousands of complaints.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • You Sir, Are A Tard

      As a Christian, it wouldn't bother me. I'd read it and then move on my way (as long as it wasn't a hateful or threatening message). I'm not so insecure in my beliefs that it would upset me.

      Btw you're like the 500th person to already say this exact same thing.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • huggylove

      No I would simply throw it away if I didn't believe it. Way too much whinning going on. Get over it if you don't like it.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Ben

      The book of Psalms is in the old Testament; therefore, it is not only Christians that hold belief in the book

      January 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Me

      I'm glad there are accepting people out there like yourselves...but let's face it, there are tons of crazies

      January 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Pam

      I agree. A convicted Christian shouldn't be offended by the others being sent out. Unless they were threats. A good Christian would just read it and put it in the seat back then go on with saying a silent prayer and back to doing what they were doing.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • tkogrady

      Funny "Tard" – you can't move on from this. You say you wouldn't be offended by this prayer and that you would move on. But apparently taking away the prayer offends you enough to comment. Now you know how people of different faiths or no faith feel (and apparently you don't even realize it).

      January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      You hand me something from the satanic verses while i'm on a plane i'm going to need a prayer card because we are probably headed for a building.

      January 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • jaintn

      @Me. The "You Sir Are A Tard" person demonstrated quite clearly what I loathe about organized religion. He states he's Christian and tolerant of others, yet calls you mentally retarded because of your opinion and uses a slang word to do it. He managed to insult not only you but a few million other people in the process while proclaiming what a magnanimous Christian he is. What a tool and what a typical reaction from our good Christian brothers.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  8. Sheila

    I don't get the idea of atheism – the idea that, in the entire universe, there is nothing more powerful than you. If we are the best the universe has to offer, we're really skrewd.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Blob

      LIKE! LIKE! LIKE! Yes believe in something more powerful, just not a silly book or a magic zombie you have to eat!

      January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Observer

      Sheila,

      Looks like if we are the best that God could create, we are really screwed.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • james

      Atheists are mostly 'rejecting God' – the 'guy up in the sky' and 'religious myth'. Most atheists confuse a 'Zues like God' and 'Jesus' Miracles' for true divinity. Atheists look at all the stupid religious things around and think to themselves 'this can't be right'.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Kenneth

      It's not that people don't believe that bothers me, it is how angry they are at people who do.
      It's not like any of us have held a sword to their throats and told the to convert or die.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Me

      On the contrary, if we are the best god can make....the universe is screwed.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Blob- thank goodness no one believes in whatever you just posted

      January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Observer

      Kenneth,

      Let's see. Your side says that either you do exactly as told or else you are such miserable excuses for human beings that you deserve to spend eternity burning in hell.

      Good. I'm glad there's no anger involved in that.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Is it any less egotistical to believe that we are gods greatest creation and that the universe exists simply to have us in it?
      That we have dominion over the planet and all it's creatures?
      Or that an omnipotent, omniscient enti.ty – shaper and ruler of all the universes, is concerned with the pleadings of his creations, demands obedience and sacrifice and bcomes petulant if he doesn't receive this flattery?
      Your god is presented as both anthropocentric and anthropomorphic... Now that is ego!

      January 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Christians have held their swords to the throats o millions to force then to convert.
      Read up on saint augustines declaration of cognite intrare, or comPel them to enter.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer, there is only one group of folks that burn for eternity. The rest of those that refuse to believe in Jesus, get blotted out and no one remembers evil.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  9. LetUsReason

    Sadly Luke 18:8 is coming to pass folks. In due time darkness will come when no man can work (i.e., witness; John 9:4). Indeed, stories like this are clear evidence of the darkness coming. The Adversay is definitely pleased with such decisions and it all occurs under the guise of political correctness...

    January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Blob

      Sadly, you cling to archaic beliefs and worship a magic zombie, whom you ritualistically feed on and drink his blood. Shame on you.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Blob- no one does

      January 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Hilarious

    If it were a Buddhist saying, or a saying/teaching/scripture from ANY other religion for that matter, no one would say a single thing about it. In fact, it would be the "coolest thing ever" because they'd be like, so diverse, like.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Me

      Sorry, but do you honestly believe that all the hot headed Christians in the country would love an Islamic prayer given to them, and think it cool and diverse. I think not

      January 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  11. zomg

    if i have to sit next to an unwashed, smelly person from a certain other religion on my next flight, i might need a prayer card – to get some divine intervention... preventing me from dragging the stinky person to & wash their greasy hair in the plane toilet.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Kenneth

      classy, another gradjit of the American educational system

      January 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • zomg

      yes quite classy when they have lice, dog-grade halitosis and they smell like urine. take it from me, i've had my business class flights ruined this way.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  12. Sheila

    How about still handing out the cards, but have them be random statements from different faiths – or non-faiths. They could have have a card that embraces atheist beliefs – oh, yeah – it would be blank.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Dave

      Correct........

      January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Me

      Actually an atheistic card might say something alone the lines of "Make the best you can from life, because you never know if it is the only one you get."

      January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Me

      *Along

      January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • WRMartin

      Oh wonderful, a bunch of ignorant ceiling mumblers telling us what and how atheists believe.
      A-theist == Anti-Theist.
      You ceiling mumblers made a statement: god(s) exist. The burden is upon you to prove that statement.
      Meanwhile, we'll just sit back and laugh.
      Morals? My ass. Stone this, stone that, kill them, kill their first-born, death to them, death to them too, burn forever if you don't grovel my way and honor my imaginary friend by mumbling at the ceiling my way.
      No thanks. I'll continue with real morals – you know the ones that help me get along with society at large simply because it's a good idea and benefits everyone. Not because some morally repugnant sky fairy is looking over your shoulder.
      All religion rots the mind and destroys society from within through sheer ignorance and hate.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • zomg

      +1 for WRMartin. Can we +1 here? Legendary truth.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      WRMartin, you posted your babble of "Oh wonderful, a bunch of ignorant ceiling mumblers telling us what and how atheists believe. A-theist == Anti-Theist. You ceiling mumblers made a statement: god(s) exist. The burden is upon you to prove that statement. Meanwhile, we'll just sit back and laugh.
      Morals? My ass. Stone this, stone that, kill them, kill their first-born, death to them, death to them too, burn forever if you don't grovel my way and honor my imaginary friend by mumbling at the ceiling my way.
      No thanks. I'll continue with real morals – you know the ones that help me get along with society at large simply because it's a good idea and benefits everyone. Not because some morally repugnant sky fairy is looking over your shoulder.
      All religion rots the mind and destroys society from within through sheer ignorance and hate."

      Answer: You just hate the FACT that science can't prove "where it all came from". I'm sure the non-believers will make up their stories and back date all the sites/articles/movies/programs etc. etc. Cause, that's what YOU do.

      LOL.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  13. Dave

    Jeremy........that makes me an idiot. Would be nice to know where you are so we can have a face to face. There is no god, only small minded jerko&&& who think they are. Like you.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Whatever the concept of god is that you are referring to, I don't understand it. And you can't even tell me what it is, or prove that it does or does not exist. But you can talk smack, right? At least you think you can, but I don't respond to this, only to point out your comment which is weak in logic.

      In fact, this may confirm that you are an idiot. Try again?

      January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Dave

      Jeremy. Bible thumpers must aboud in your family. You are the idiot. I don't push being an athiest like you people push religion and a god. I'm laughing at you and others that have to push their beliefs and take umbrage when someone doesn't believe. You are a joke.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, right Dave. I do believe you (LOL) ...NOT.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  14. Michael

    Public displays of religion should not be allowed anywhere. Keep your faith private and personal. Nothing has caused more violence and pain in the history of humanity than religion.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Andrew

      Oh, sorry; let me just crawl into my hole here and totally forget the First Amendment.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • P

      Be glad the freedom of speech doesn't ban you from posting because of ignorance. That same right allows them to say things in public just as you were allowed to speak your mind here. I say you should deal with it.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Michael, why don't you non-believers take away your political correctness that is shoved in everyone's faces? I have to laugh every time this is used (and with a straight face).

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  15. nlatkovic

    Remember the well-wishes sent to 14th century trading ships as good luck against sailing off the edge of the Earth?

    And who can forget all those 17th century's poems covens of witches used to hand out at broom parties?

    Oh, the things we used to believe in! Trust me, we'll all look back one day and have a little laugh, perhaps with a little nostalgia. What I wouldn't give for an old-fashioned burning-at-the-stake with a hot cup of toad's broth to enjoy...

    January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      nlatkovic, can't the writers of your non-believers rag sites get past the 3rd grade when they post this nonsense? Ships that sailed out to seek a new world, learned to do so because of what was written in the Bible. Also, witches burned at the stakes were midwifes that were giving male doctors a run for their business. They didn't like sharing their medical practice.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  16. Observer

    booboo,

    Are you even remotely serious? Do atheists try to get "God is Dead" plastered on the walls of schools or demand atheist readings at sports events? You are talking about a relatively tiny amount of incidents. Incredible!

    January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • George

      The reason they can't get such slogans plastered is because it is patently wrong. It's like putting up a sign saying that the sky is green.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Observer

      George,

      You completely missed the point. Wow!

      January 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • zomg

      the sky isn't green? since when?

      January 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  17. bonecrusher

    Meal service? What meal service? There is no meal service. Doesn't that make the existence of a prayer card with meal service a moot issue?

    January 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • JB

      You didn't read the whole article.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • zomg

      hrmm.. at least with the prayer card you could have prayed for meal service. but they took that away too. guess it's back to biting our nails for now.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      zomg, classic. That was funny.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  18. Free will and free enterprise

    Free will and free enterprise appear lost on many people today. First, people have the free will to fly on the airline of their choosing, or to not fly at all. If an airline's choice of reading materials offends you, you have the freedom to fly on another airline or not fly at all. The same can be said if you are upset that an airline doesn't offer your choice of reading materials (or anything else, for that matter) - you have the free will to choose another airline or mode of transportation.

    This rolls right into free enterprise. The airline is generally free to put out whatever reading materials they like. But as a company relying on passengers to remain viable, they have to be willing to live with passengers' reactions to their decisions. If people stopped flying the airline because they were offended, that could've driven the airline to discontinue the cards. If enough people stop flying the airline because the cards are no longer available, that too could drive the airline to reverse its decision. Of course, the decision could've simply been made based on unrelated financial considerations (e.g., the return - the marginal increase in the number of those flying this airline - on investment in the cards was no longer positive).

    January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    Everytime a post on religion props up atheists are posting comments revealing their unprovable belief that a god doesn't exist. I'm not saying that there is a god, just that these idiots can't prove there isn't, and it would be short sighted to think one excludes the other. Analogus to this phenomenon are the psycopaths who adamently believe that the concept of love is delusional as there is no concrete evidence that it needs to exist (you don't need love to procreate, etc). No matter how much 'data' you show them, they just refuse to believe it as they have never experienced this emotion (or likely any other) themselves. All you voceferous atheists can stop being so pompous and arrogant now – it just makes you look like an idiot.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • George

      And they are so angry. They don't just not believe; they hate the idea of God.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • really now

      OK, MOST atheists would tell you that the person making the claim has the burdon of proof. The same way you don't believe in the tooth fairy, and atheist doesn't believe in god. He/she can't prove it, but they are on the same level of believability.

      Your analogy about psychopaths is incorrect because you say yourself that they are presented with 'data'. This is something the religious can not do.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • iamdeadlyserious

      Pretty much what really now said about the burden of proof. I'm not making an outlandish claim. You are. That means you need to back it up.

      And George, I actually think the idea of a god is neat. It's like the idea of Santa Claus.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • The idiocy of Jeremy revealed

      "Everytime a post on leprechauns props (sic) up(sic) atheists are posting (sic) comments revealing their unprovable belief that a leprechaun doesn't exist. I'm not saying that there is a leprechaun, just that these idiots can't prove there isn't, and it would be short sighted (sic) to think one excludes the other. "

      Oh Jeremy, could you point out your source for your assertion that atheists do not believe love exists? That soulds like a total lie that you invented, one that has no basis in reality whatsoever.

      And Jeremy, could you enlighten us on one of the most enduring mysteries about Christians? Why is the spelling, grammar and punctuation of Christians so consistently bad?

      January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Hi there – I don't believe in religion. And just so you know I think both claims of "God" or "No God" are equally outlandish. There are just those who are quite convinced it's one or the other.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • really now

      Jeremy,
      They are not equally outlandish. That's the whole point!

      January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • iamdeadlyserious

      Jeremy, let me try and explain this as clearly as possible: atheists don't "believe there is no god." We don't believe that there is a god. Huge difference.

      Let me give you an example. If I told you that there was a unicorn behind you right now, would you believe me? Oh, by the way, don't bother trying to find him: he's invisible, intangible and inaudible. But he's there. And his name is Chuckles.

      Now, if you're even semi-rational, you won't believe me. This requires no active belief on your part. You don't need to expend effort proving that my claim is irrational, because I haven't offered any support for it in the first place.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • zomg

      Actually i think athiests are just sick of hearing the incessant whining from people who are mentally ill with religion. I'm religious, but not "brainwashed-with-religion-to the-point-that-i'm-devoid-of-autonomy-and-outright-brain-dead" religious. Christian fanatics tick me off. No, I don't want to hear your word of your god – I am quite happy with mine. Please quit surrounding me with two or three of your ministry's finest while i'm trying to sleep – on the frickin' bus. That's what ticks us off – not just athiests.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Excellent post Jeremy. It was due to sociopaths/psychopaths wreaking havoc in my life is why I started posting on this site.

      Without realizing it, or being plain arrogant, the atheist give these monsters a crowd to hide behind.

      Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  20. Dave

    Why would you hand out prayer cards? Keep your idea of religion to yourselves and stop pushing it on everyone else.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • booboo

      hey, if athiests can push their religion down everyones throats by flying banners in public spaces, renting bus ads, billboards, why cant anyone else?

      January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      @booboo,

      Who paid for those prayer cards?

      Clearly, logical thinking is not your forte.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Open your eyes boobo, christianity is everywhere – most communities have a church, they're are signs on the road guiding believers to their houses of stupidity, everyone receives religious programing on radio and tv whether they want it or not, and christians rent billboards, planes, etc.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Ryan

      I cannot speak for other religions as I only have one. However, one of the major callings in my religion is to share my faith. We would not be following our faith if we didn't share it. It is not so much 'pushing' my belief onto others since they have the right to ignore me or disagree at they want. I share my belief because I believe that the message is the most important message for every person to hear. I have never wanted to offend and I am sorry if I have – but I will not stop sharing. Sadly, in my opinion, too many people that call themselves Christian have given up sharing.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Nathan

      I'm an atheist, born in Hindu family. Its not pushing religion on customer, its keeping the tradition. I would love Alaska to keep this tradition for many more years to come. If you can't respect other religious belief you can't be an atheist.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • iamdeadlyserious

      Nathan,

      Respecting others' religious beliefs has nothing to do with being an atheist. I try to understand as much as I can about the beliefs of others, but that doesn't mean I respect them. I don't respect fundamentalist belief systems built around the restriction of personal liberties, nor do I respect the idea that we have to tolerate that kind of idiocy in this era.

      Also, 30 years of passing out cards on an airline doesn't qualify as a tradition. As an ex-member of one of the oldest living religions, I thought you'd appreciate that.

      January 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
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