Skywriting "God is great"
January 4, 2002 1:24 AM   Subscribe

Skywriting "God is great" scares bejesus out of Palm Beach residents, assuming the message might be the beginning of a terrorist attack. Is this any different than skywriting "Allah is great," and would the pilot have been treated any differently?
posted by johnnyace (12 comments total)
anyone got a pic, that would be great
posted by monkeyJuice at 3:25 AM on January 4, 2002

Only one comment from idiotic townspeople:

"We were out by the pool," one of them said, too afraid to give her name. "We were ready to take cover."

Too afraid to give her name?

I did a google image search for a picture but couldn't find anything.
posted by Keen at 4:36 AM on January 4, 2002

It would have scared me too, given recent events - a religious loony flying a cropduster isn't my idea of fun.
posted by andrew cooke at 6:54 AM on January 4, 2002

If people flipped out over "God is Great," I'd guess that "Allah is Great" (Allaho Akbar) would cause even more panic (even though it means the same thing, Allah being the word for God).

I was trying to imagine how I'd react if this sort of thing happened in my sky--I'd probably panic, too. Ever since 9-11, I'm just a little more jumpy.
posted by gramcracker at 7:21 AM on January 4, 2002

Here's a pic.

posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 7:22 AM on January 4, 2002

Are we going over the edge into paranoia, or at least religiophobia? What's next-

"Honey, that family across the street is praying over their dinner-Call the FBI!"
posted by jonmc at 7:42 AM on January 4, 2002

bwahahahahaahahahahahaha. thats almost as funny as the parachuters who were floating down for a football game in some other stupid town, and people were stopping their cars and freaking out over the airborn AL-QAIDA!
posted by Satapher at 9:26 AM on January 4, 2002

They explained it's not against the law to write in the sky.

Sweet. I am so selling ads to pornographers.
posted by fishfucker at 10:53 AM on January 4, 2002

I would be the pilot would get a much different treatment if the message were "God is Dead." If I had a cropspitter, I would try it there.
posted by yesster at 11:28 AM on January 4, 2002

I suppose the parachuters were just damn lucky they didn't get shot...!!
posted by five fresh fish at 12:24 PM on January 4, 2002

I wonder: Is it against the law to write "Fire!" in the sky?
posted by hincandenza at 12:33 PM on January 4, 2002

I wonder: Is it against the law to write "Fire!" in the sky?

Not if there's Smoke on the Water....
posted by jonmc at 1:51 PM on January 4, 2002

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