I just returned from a four day airplane enthusiast’s group, the Cessna 150-152 Club. There was camaraderie, laughter, loops, spins and hammerheads.
This would not be noteworthy but for the history of the group. It has not always been so. There were times when the group contained a lot of tension and ill will.
The tension centered on whether or not it was OK to promote Christian views and conservative politics during the gathering and on the club’s very active website discussion. For some reason, a group of members thought the club was the appropriate opportunity to explain the hell that awaits the unbeliever and the terrible things people in the Democratic Party stand for.
I was the first to start complaining about this on the club website. The responses to my complaints were atheists and liberals were becoming too aggressive and since it was only me, I should just keep quiet.
As time went on, more people became emboldened. One set were skeptics like me. Another set were church goers but wanted the club to be about flying, not about religion and politics. Insults and counter insults were the norm.
Ever so slowly, a little light went on in the heads of believers and political conservatives. A voice said, “Gosh, a lot of people here want to discuss airplanes, not religion and politics. Maybe it’s better for the Club if we don’t bring these issues up.”
This week, a good time was had by all.