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03 August 2009

Airport chapels removing Christian symbols

airliner_landing.jpgATLANTA, GA  - While U.S. airports often have chapels, many of them no longer display crosses or other symbols that would make them specific to a particular faith.

The chapel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport features a silhouette of a person kneeling and a generic stained-glass window.

It also has a library stocking everything from Gideon Bibles to Jewish mystical texts, and a large floor mat provides a cushiony spot to kneel for prayer.

A large compass on the chapel floor helps guide Muslims who pray toward Mecca.

Atlanta's airport chaplain is a United Methodist, but has become a jack of all faiths. He says rosaries, yarmulkes, prayer shawls, and a Catholic Mass kit are tucked away for use as needed.




The news is really good. World today has become a global village and people from all religions travel frequently and this kind of arrangement will not hurt anyone's sentiment.


Posted by: Annuity | 15 September 2009

Interesting, I don't recall even seeing a chapel in u.s. airports. Perhaps the airports chapel was very small and not very noticeable or the airports I have visited didn't have one. Next time I go to an airport I am going to look for one.

Posted by: dolphin hosting | 13 October 2009

As a Christian, I really don't need a Chapel to pray and worship God. I agree, however, that a nice quiet space dedicated to prayer in the airport would be nice.

Posted by: Geoff In Pacific Beach | 14 October 2009

Geoff, I like your point of view

Posted by: Gorizia | 31 October 2009

That is good news. It doesn't reflect any religion anymore. Hence, it just symbolizes faith. It somehow erases the discretion between religions.

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