Michael O'Leary loses Ryanair all Muslim customers with burka ban

8 November 2013

Bitterwallet - Ryanair Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, promised that he was going to start playing nice and stop bulldozing everyone. It was only a matter of time before he went back to being a hooting motormouth.

And here we are, in the echoes of his call for a ban on the burka in the UK because he thinks that everyone is "leaning over far too much for some of these minority religions".

He said: "I think we should ban burkas here in the UK. If you go to Saudi Arabia and they say the ladies have to veil up, you respect the local culture. If you want to come and live in Western society, I don’t think you should be allowed to walk around with some inalienable right to cover yourself up with only your eyes looking out."

He wasn't done there either. Seeing as he was getting things off his chest, he turned his attentions to climate change. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't believe in it: "Temperatures have been moving up and down for 200 years yet every time you have a couple of warm summers they go — “Oooh, global warming’."

"There’s a degree of arrogance in thinking that any man-made phenomenon is going to change nature. Trying to reverse it by taxing air travel is absurd. We should encourage more driving and flying around because that kind of economic activity is what generates great wealth."

Here we go again...

TOPICS:   Travel

18 comments

  • Alexis
    So, if an oppressive country that says everybody should wear what they say is bad, how is a so-called free and civilised 'Western Society' any better by also telling people what they can or cannot wear?
  • Shaz
    Cause we are right and they are wrong lol oh and 'Muricka
  • Dougal1709
    And of course the author of the article isn't being in the slightest bit prejudiced by assuming that every single muslim in the UK must obviously support women wearing burkhas because they're muslims innit and they all believe the same thing.
  • Jerry
    Michael O’Leary is well sexy!
  • Greg
    I suppose he made a good point about us going over there and respecting our culture, so they should do it here. Only thing is, our culture is 'doing what you fuckingike, we don't wanna offend and appear racist' so I guess it's exactly the same
  • Daisy D.
    The evils of religion, part 33,677,015.
  • thefunboi
    The man speaks sense. I'd never go to a country where they're way of life didnt suit or appeal to me. Don't like it there- don't go there. Don't like it here, don't come here.
  • Flappy J.
    Reminds me a little of the hoax email that was flying around a few years ago of a speech that was supposedly said but mainly taken out of context by the then Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Prime Minister John Howard - Australia Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.' 'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom' 'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!' 'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.' 'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.' 'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.' 'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.' Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American and Canadian citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths. If you agree ... please SEND THIS ON.
  • Shaz
    @jokester2 "We’re not even allowed to walk into Tesco with a hood on, but Muslims can go in freely with a Burkha on…. why should they have more rights than British people ????" just because they are wearing a burkha doesnt mean they arent british!
  • jokester2
    @Shaz Is "Native British" better for you ??? Either way, I mean the people who were born and bred here (along with the majority of their family free), are part of the culture and don't hate the natives....
  • jokester2
    ^^^Oops, typo... that should have said family TREE lol
  • Jack S.
    Nuns and sisters wear a habit as a sign of their consecration to God,to show their unity as a group and to demonstrate that fashion is nor important. Not all nuns or sisters wear a habit. Canon law, which is the legislative authority within the Catholic Church, only states that they should wear a visible symbol of their consecration. Some nuns wear a lapel pin or a pendant. The practice of wearing a habit comes from the idea that to avoid scandal or temptation they would wear clothes that avoid any display of human form. A coif (the large white starched linnen item worn by nuns across the chest) was to prevent the showing of the bustine. (source: http://wiki.answers.com/) That is pretty much the same reason Muslim women wear burkas, as far as I'm concerned it is a myth that Muslim men force their women to wear Burkas. All Muslim women I have encountered wear it through choice, although in my college years I came across Asian females who used to come in traditional clothes and change in to western clothes in the college toilets. So if Michael O'Leary (I'm assuming he's Catholic) applies the same rule to Christian Nuns, Sisters, the Jewish yarmulkas skullcaps kipot, the Hindu head scarf, the Sikh chunni. Then I have no problem with it but one should not single out one religion. I meant no offence to any followers of the religions I mentioned in the above paragraph, I was just highlighting the same rule should apply to all. My upbringing & faith taught me to respect all faiths. I am Muslim and have 5 daughters, 3 of whom use a Hijab, 2 don't use any form of head covering, they all predominantly wear western clothing. I have never encouraged nor discouraged them from wear the Hijab. I personally dislike the burka but I would neither condemn or condone its use, everyone has a right to dress as they please as far as I'm concerned. I find drunk grown ups in Halloween mask shouting abuse intimidating but I don't sit there complaining about it, they are just out for a laugh had a bit too much to drink. We live in a so called free society, so why the restrictions on how one dresses ? Egypt, Dubai, Turkey & Morocco are all Muslim countries I have visited yet I have seen Caucasian holiday makers drinking alcohol, walking around in bikinis & sunbathing nude. I've not noticed Muslims making a song or dance about it. As far as Former Prime Minister John Howard comments: Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law (Sharia law is practised in very few Muslim countries) were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, I suppose he's living under Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders law, respecting their local customs and has their best interests at heart.
  • Ahmed A.
    Thank you Jack for highlighting the double standards that are prevailing in many "Western Societies". Who would have thought that in a liberal "free" society that a minority within a minority would be ridiculed and put under so much pressure to abandon their beliefs and conform in the clothes that they wear.
  • jokester2
    "That is pretty much the same reason Muslim women wear burkas, as far as I’m concerned it is a myth that Muslim men force their women to wear Burkas. All Muslim women I have encountered wear it through choice" If it's a choice and not dictated by their religion, then what right do they have to go into Tesco when native Brits aren't allowed to wear a fucking hoody??? And it allows them to conceal their identity and get away with serious crimes and terrorism in some cases!
  • Aston
    It's up to Tesco who they let in to their store. No laws are being broken if you do or don't wear a Nikkab (face veil). Being a Muslim does not exclude you from being British; one is a nationality and the other is a religion. There are people who can trace their 'native anglo saxon' ancestry back several generations who have reverted to Islam. Again, being a Muslim has no bearing on your ancestry or nationality. Nice try jokester2, please go back to reading more scare-mongering bullshit in the Daily Mail. Thanks for your time.
  • Xeno
    'Michael O’Leary loses Ryanair all Muslim customers with burka ban' Really? So no Muslims are ever going to fly with ryanair now he's said this about the burka. Wow! How did the article writer interview every single one to know that O'Leary has lost ALL Muslim customers?
  • jokester2
    @Aston Yes, it's up to Tesco who they let in their stores - but it is clearly discrimination that they can go in wearing clothes that hide their identity since it is supposedly part of their religion, but other people are told they can't wear clothes to even keep themselves warm.... I'm aware that Muslims can be British and vice versa, but I have yet to see a 'native anglo saxon' that has converted to Islam wearing a Burka/Nikkab. I have absolutely no problem with Muslims (apart from extremists obviously) or any other race/religion. However, I don't see how anyone can consider it fair that Muslims are allowed to conceal their identity (even if this is not their reason for wearing particular items of clothing) when non-Muslims aren't even allowed to wear something to keep themselves warm. And your final comment was just ridiculous nonsense.
  • Xeno
    "Your comment is awaiting moderation." Still after 5 days!

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