Skip to comments.Airline bans Bibles to avoid offending Muslims
Posted on 01/10/2006 12:40:42 AM PST by Stoat
| Airline bans Bibles to avoid offending Muslims
Carrier to Saudi Arabia also precluding crucifixes, teddy bears
Posted: January 9, 2006
11:20 p.m. Eastern
A British airline banned its staff from taking Bibles and wearing crucifixes or St. Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia to avoid offend the country's Muslims.
British Midland International also has told female flight attendants they must walk two paces behind male colleagues and cover themselves from head to foot in a headscarf and robe known as an abaya, the Mirror newspaper of London reported.
Teddy bears or other cuddly toys also are not allowed.
Airline officials, who have sparked outrage, the paper says, explain the Islamic kingdom's strict laws enforced by religious police prohibit public practice of Christianity and figures of animals.
BMI spokesman Phil Shepherd said: "In providing air services people want, demand and use, we have an obligation to respect the customs of the destination country."
An airline employee who asked not to be named told the Mirror: "It's outrageous that we must respect their beliefs but they're not prepared to respect ours."
The employee said his grandmother gave him a crucifix shortly before she died that he wears at all times.
"It's got massive sentimental value and I don't see why I have to remove it," he said.
The airline's staff handbook says: "Prior to disembarking the aircraft all female crew will be required to put on their company issued abaya. It will be issued with the headscarf which must be worn."
The employees' union wants staff members to be able to opt out of the flights, but the airline says the only option is to transfer from overseas staff to domestic flights, which could mean a loss of about $30,000 a year in wages.
About 40 staff members have filed complaints since the route began in September.
Some of the male members who are homosexual have called in sick, because they are afraid of traveling to Saudi Arabia, where homosexual activity is punishable by flogging, jail or death.
This one is easy. EVERYONE should stop using this airline. Problem solved.
When's the world finally going to tell the stupid Moos to just blow it out their a$$?
I'm going to puke!
<<<<handing you a Bible, a stylish and fashonable barf bucket and a ticket on a DIFFERENT AIRLINE.
"I'm going to puke!"
Fill a bucket half full or water and a half cup of bleach.
It'll help but not solve the problem.
The solution is to boycott all Arab countries. Do your business with conference calls and tell your Arab business associates that you won't visit their countries until the take a mega dose of the chill pill.
Why don't they just change the company name to "Air Dhimmi" and be done with it?
So far I haven't seen any evidence of common sense on the part of this airline and so your logical and commonsense suggestion would most likely fall upon deaf ears.
Original article, from the UK Sunday Mirror:
Thanks very much! Hopefully their stupidity will drive them out of business, but in the meantime they have sent a very clear message, once again, of weakness to the Islamofascists.
I am so fed up with this crap it makes me want to puke. I'll just stay home and ride my motrocycles , drive my Beemers, and fish on Lake James. The rest of this pathetic planet can just go to hell since no one has an opinion and guts to stand up to these a$$holes.
I'd suggest that you and I could start a consortium and make a lot of money.
How old are you?
Old enough to know that when I make a statement bemoaning the fact that nobody's worried about offending me that it's made with zero expectation of any change in the current muslim-butt-kissing state of affairs and was only expressed in a purely rhetorical sense.
Does anyone know how more established western airlines flying into Saudi deal with these issues?
How much oil do you have?
Karl Rove needs to steer the Bird Flu to Saudi Arabia ASAP!
Dude when you're filthy rich and your house is built over some major texas tea THEN someone will care to kiss your butt. Until then, no soup for you. Take your shoes off like everyone else!
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