Should Europe be “Western” or “pluralistic”?

In the Netherlands there currently is much debate around Nacer Barazite, a professional football player from Morocco, who, having conceded an interview to a female sports reporter, refused to shake hands with her because she is a woman.

We would like to stress that it has not been reported that Barazite was unfriendly or impolite during the interview. He simply refused to shake hands. Allegedly, Mr. Barazite’s football club, Utrecht FC, had briefed all reporters at the beginning of this season that two of its players, among them Mr. Barazite, are “devout Muslims” who “for religious reasons” refuse to shake hands with women. The interviewer must have forgotten this. Continue reading