Air France is resuming flights to Iran. The Iranian government demanded that as a condition, the stewardesses must wear Islamic garb even if they are not Muslim. Fortunately, when Air France told their stewardesses about this, they rebelled en masse against it and are refusing to wear it so much to the point that the future of Air France’s new flights to Iran may be jeopardized.
This kind of rebellion is what needs to happen. Silence and inaction in the face of evil, no matter what form it takes, is the explicit or implicit acceptance of that evil. Yet silence in the face of evil- especially where money is concerned- has become the mode of operation for the Western World. We have willingly abandoned our religion, philosophies, and even basic principles in the pursuit of the “almighty dollar.” Anybody who has worked in the corporate world knows this- companies only care about the bottom line (no matter what they say), and the minute you say or do anything for any reason that objects to their plans to ultimately increase their bottom line, even if it for good moral reasons, they start trying to fire you.
Good for these women standing up. Now only time will tell if they still have jobs or are replaced by hijab-donned Muslimas.
From the UK Telegraph:
Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women.
The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme.
Flore Arrighi, head of the UNAC flight crews’ union, said: “It is not our role to pass judgement on the wearing of headscarves or veils in Iran. What we are denouncing is that it is being made compulsory. Stewardesses must be given the right to refuse these flights.”
She added that female staff were entitled to exercise “individual freedoms”.
The financially ailing French airline, which sees the resumption of Tehran flights as an “excellent” business development, pointed out that other airline staff were obliged to comply with Iranian rules. “Tolerance and respect for the customs of the countries we serve are part of the values of our company,” a spokesman said.