Stewardess ‘banned from taking bible on plane’

Just a reminder that freedom of religion is still rare in many parts of the world…

An air stewardess is claiming religious discrimination against an airline which she says banned her from taking the Bible to Saudi Arabia. The stewardess has been told by BMI that it is against the law of the insular Middle Eastern country to bring in religious books other than the Koran.

The woman, who is understood to be a committed Christian, takes her bible everywhere she goes and is now set to take the airline to an industrial tribunal claiming discrimination on religious grounds.

BMI, formerly British Midland Airways, said today it was merely following the Foreign Office advice that no non-Islamic materials or artefacts are allowed into the country.

A spokesman from the airline said: “We issue advice to all our staff and passengers that these are the guidelines.

“She is saying she wants to carry her bible with her. We are saying we can’t start designing rules around individuals when we’ve got several hundred members of staff. To take every personal preference into account would be impossible.”

On its web site the Foreign Office says of Saudi Arabia: “The importation and use of narcotics, alcohol, pork products and religious books, apart from the Koran, and artefacts are forbidden.”

BMI said it offered the stewardess the opportunity to transfer from long-haul duties to short-haul, but she refused.

The case follows that of British Airways worker Nadia Eweida, also committed Christian, whose objection to BA rules which forbade her visibly wearing a cross led to a review by BA of its uniform policy.

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6 Responses

  1. This is just a drop in the bucket as far as what is coming ahead. May we prepare now for what’s coming. Tomorrow may be to late.

    Blessings to you,

  2. hi rjperalta!

    First, thanks for coming by…secondly, I’m not sure what you are referring to…are you perhaps suggesting that we are the last generation as many Christians believe?

  3. Justin,
    What I was referring to was, we will see more and more persecution coming and less and less religious freedom in the coming days. So we best be preparing today, spiritually speaking.

    Grace to you.

  4. ah, gotcha!

  5. I guess this falls under the rights that are enjoyed in the U.S. In the United States, we try to protect the rights of religious freedom. However, crossing cultures and bringing our “rights” with us may be a bit over the top. Could she take it in her suitcase to read in private?

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