A Christian pilot for American Airlines decided to share his personal struggle with sex addiction in a three-minute “sermon” to passengers before departure. During the uncomfortable speech, the American Airlines pilot spoke about his struggle with sexuality as well as the slue of abuses he endured as a young boy raised in the Christian church. A passenger recorded footage of the unidentified pilot speaking about how he was “raped and molested as a young boy” before going into the details about how the sex abuse sent his life spiraling out of control.
One passenger forces the unwanted sermon to a stop by abruptly requesting that they want to get off the airplane. Apparently, the Christian pilot’s sermon struck fear in the hearts of the passengers, especially as he spoke about his battle with suicidal ideation and his struggles with his sexuality.
Insiders suggest that the pilot was not on duty when he gave the speech but had requested the flight crew to allow him to make an announcement anyway.
“I was raped and molested as a young boy,” the pilot says at the start of the video. The camera pans to passengers who are waiting on the grounded plane.
At this point, a passenger interrupted the pilot because they were uncomfortable with the personal nature of his story.
“It’s okay. I’m sorry if you’re uncomfortable. I just want you to hear me,” the pilot said before continuing his sermon. “I’m not trying to tell you what to do.”
The pilot continued, “I became a sexual addict and turned to pornography. I thought sexual thoughts about both men and women, starting messing around with others who had similar tendencies. I fought with my siblings and my parents. The only way I knew how to survive was to perform. Perform at school, perform at work, perform amongst friends and family. Every aspect of my life was filled with lies.
He explained he married a straight woman five years ago but continued to pursue sex with men.
“Just over one year into our marriage, I began to give in to the pressure of being gay. I asked other gay crew members about their lifestyle and what led them to become gay. Pretty soon, I was taking part in that lifestyle. I had sex with men and would come home from work trips and pretend that nothing happened. I met someone that I thought could help me.”
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