RYANAIR boss Michael O’Leary under fire for not being afraid to say he believes that terror suspects flagged at airports are “generally males of a Muslim persuasion” because “that is where the terror threat is coming from.”
Outspoken Mr O’Leary of the budget carrier made the controversial comments in an interview with The Times. Charities and an MP blasted Mr O’Leary’s remarks and accused him of “Islamophobia” (fear of Islam is NOT irrational) and racism (Islam is NOT a race).
Mr O’Leary said: “Who are the bombers? They are going to be single males traveling on their own. “If you are travelling with a family of kids, on you go; the chances you are going to blow them all up is zero “You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion.”
He added: “Thirty years ago it was the Irish. If that is where the threat is coming from, deal with the threat.” The Muslim Council of Britain said the Irish businessman’s comments were racist and discriminatory.(What ‘race’ is Islam?)
A spokesman said: “He openly advocates discrimination against ‘males of a Muslim persuasion’, which presumably is not based on specific intelligence but solely whether someone ‘looks or acts like a Muslim.” (Muslim men the most likely to commit a terrorist act in the air).
Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, who is Muslim, blasted Mr O’Leary’s comments: “He’s effectively saying ‘everyone is game — if they look like a Muslim then they must be a terrorist’. “It doesn’t improve community relations; it gives succour to people of a fascist mindset.”
“This is the very definition of Islamophobia.” (It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.”
And hate-crime monitoring group Tell Mama suggested his ‘flippant’ words could end up having serious consequences for the budget airline. (Yes, it will result in the airline getting more business than ever before)
Mr O’Leary’s remarks come the day after a white female Muslim convert admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack on St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was born Michelle Ramsden but converted to Islam in 2007 and is believed to have become radicalised in 2015 after following extremists online.