A Muslim man who lost his job as a substitute teacher at an Oslo elementary school has filed a discrimination complaint with state authorities. He claims his contract wasn't renewed on religious grounds, because of his refusal to greet women with a handshake.
"Folks think that's because I look down on women," the man, who's in his 40s, told newspaper Dagsavisen, "but it's to create fewer temptations. My understanding of Islam is that this (touching a woman) is forbidden by the Prophet, peace be with him, and I follow that."
The man, who doesn't want his name to be published, speaks perfect Norwegian and is said to be well-qualified as a teacher. Dagsavisen reported that he's especially gifted in languages and decided that he wanted to use that competence to work with minority children.