Thursday, March 26, 2009

Proven in Court: Prayer Kills

From Reuters:

PALERMO (Reuters) - A Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, killing 16 people, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

The 2005 crash at sea off Sicily left survivors swimming for their lives, some clinging to a piece of the fuselage that remained floating after the ATR turbo-prop aircraft splintered upon impact.

A fuel-gauge malfunction was partly to blame but prosecutors also said the pilot succumbed to panic, praying out loud instead of following emergency procedures and then opting to crash-land the plane instead trying to reach a nearby airport.

Another five employees of Tuninter, a subsidiary of Tunisair, were sentenced to between eight and nine years in jail by the court, in a verdict handed down Monday.

The seven accused, who were not in court, will not spend time in jail until the appeals process has been exhausted.

(Writing by Phil Stewart)

So now it is proven in a court of law that prayer is counterproductive, worthless, and deadly.


Anonymous said...

that is not true i think that he did the right thing by praying if it is gods will than we cant stop it.
please try to understand
from godgirl

Anonymous said...

Why, yes, of course. The pilot panicked and panic has been the cause of many deaths, as when there is a fire in a crowded building, but in this case the fact that after panicking he prayed proves that prayer kills. The pilot, possibly because of his panic, chose to crash-land the plane instead of trying to reach a nearby airport, but that decision did not cause any deaths. The fact that after panicking he prayed is what caused the deaths. Thank you for the clarity of your reasoning.

Marty Helgesen

Sguffalo Bill said...

If the pilot was catholic, he would have been praised by the court.

Skwash la feekah, skwash eel kooloh, scopara trombara abbehsteeah

Sgufala for everybody

Sguffalo Bill

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