Archive for October 14th, 2006

Welcome to the Islamic Caliphate of the United Kingdom

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

An article over at Little Green Footballs points to more examples of the ever growing collapse from within of the United Kingdom as it moves towards becoming an Islamic Caliphate.

Christian BA employee to take legal action over suspension for wearing cross

A committed Christian said today she planned to take legal action against her employers British Airways after the airline ruled that displaying her crucifix breached uniform rules

Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida was sent home after refusing to remove the crucifix which breached BA’s dress code.

Her treatment by BA – which styles itself as the “world’s favourite airline” – brought condemnation both from Christian groups and members of other faiths last night.

BA’s chief executive Willie Walsh has upheld the action against Miss Eweida for failing to comply with “uniform regulations” despite himself coming under fire recently for failing to wear a tie.

Miss Eweida, who has an unblemished record during seven years at BA, is suing her employer for religious discrimination after being suspended from work without pay for two weeks.

She said her treatment was all the more extraordinary as she and fellow employees had just undergone “diversity training” – including receiving advice from pressure group Stonewall on how to treat gays and lesbians in the workplace.

The airline’s uniform code states that staff must not wear visible jewellery or other ‘adornments’ while on duty without permission from management.

It makes exceptions for Muslim and Sikh minorities by allowing them to wear hijabs and turbans.

Under rules drawn up by BA’s ‘diversity team’ and ‘uniform committee’, Sikh employees can even wear the traditional iron bangle – even though this would usually be classed as jewellery – while Muslim workers are also allowed prayer breaks during work time.

But Miss Eweida, 55, from Twickenham, insisted her cross, which is smaller than a ten pence piece, was not jewellery but an expression of her deep Christian faith.

She questioned why she was being forced to hide her religion when BA’s Muslim and Sikh workers could express theirs.

Miss Eweida said last night: “I will not hide my belief in the Lord Jesus. British Airways permits Muslims to wear a headscarf, Sikhs to wear a turban and other faiths religious apparel.

“Only Christians are forbidden to express their faith. I am a loyal and conscientious employee of British Airways, but I stand up for the rights of all citizens.”

Non-Muslim students at Islamic school forced to wear headscarves

Female students at a new Islamic school will be made to wear head scarves regardless of their religion, it was revealed yesterday.

The Madani High School in Leicester will be required by law to accept 10 per cent of its 600 pupils from a non-Muslim background.

But girls who are not Muslim will still have to abide by a rule insisting all female pupils cover their heads as part of the uniform.

Assistant principal Zainab Elgaziari said he did not regard the demand as a problem – despite the ongoing row over Muslim women’s veils.

He said: ‘I can’t see why if a student wears a head scarf it should be an issue. It’s the same as a shirt or tie – it’s just part of our uniform.

‘We will welcome students of other faiths. Indeed, there will be a quota set down by the Government, and we will abide by these rules.

‘When you go to any school you know what the uniform will be. Like any school, we will have one – and in our case it will include a head scarf.’

The secondary school, a voluntary-aided state academy, will replace the city’s existing Islamic Academy when it opens next September.

Yesterday Leicester City Council said it did not believe the scarves would deter non-Muslim parents from sending children to the school.

Education spokesman Hussein Suleman, who is also a member of the school’s temporary governing body, said: ‘We have to find a balance.

‘Governors have to take into account the fact that 10 per cent can be of a non-Muslim background and use discretion where appropriate.

‘At the same time, parents have a right to send or not send their children to this school. I hope discretion will be used if there are any disagreements.’

The school, which is not expected to make boys cover their heads, was also backed by Suleman Nagdi, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations.

He said: ‘All Islamic schools have certain criteria for school uniform. I can’t see anything different about the criteria they are setting in this instance.’