First it was a British Airways employee who was castigated for wearing HORRORS! – a small Christian cross on a necklace. (See previous BFP article British Airways Suspends Christian Employee For Wearing Cross – But OK’s Muslims, Sikhs For Religious Headcovering & Jewellery)
Now, a British Midland International Airways stewardess is being banned from carrying a bible on BMI flights to Saudi Arabia. The airline has offered her a demotion to short-haul routes, but is unwilling to juggle their long haul flight crew assignments to allow her to carry her bible with her whenever she works.
Two Years In Saudi Jail For Having A Bible – Death If A Muslim Is Caught
Saudi Arabia prohibits bibles in that country and as many Christian foreign workers have discovered – the Saudis mean business when they say that Christian bibles are prohibited. Christian foreign workers who are caught with a bible, or praying, are imprisoned and sometimes tortured. Sentences of two years for possession of a bible are common. Muslims who convert to Christianity in Saudi Arabia are executed.
Many say that there’s really not much to be done by BMI if they want to continue to fly to Saudi Arabia: the company and it’s employees will have to obey the laws of Saudi Arabia – no matter how uncivilized and barbaric the Saudi laws are.
Or Is There Something That Can Be Done?
In the context of remembering how Britain and other countries isolated South Africa and applied pressure to end apartheid, perhaps the real issue should be – Should BMI continue to say “Yes Massa” to Saudi demands which violate religious freedoms stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
From The Telegraph…
A second airline is embroiled in a religious row after a stewardess decided to take bmi to an employment tribunal because it refused to allow her to carry a Bible on flights to Saudi Arabia.
The stewardess, who has not been named, claims that she has been subject to discrimination because of her faith.
She is understood to have deep religious convictions and carries a Bible with her at all times.
But bmi, which is the only British scheduled carrier to fly to the country after British Airways pulled out of the route, insisted that it was only following Foreign Office advice.
… continue reading this article at The Telegraph (link here).