Netherlands cuts Muslim man’s benefits for ignoring safety regulations & refusing to shave beard while training in asbestos removal

A Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.

The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course.

When he refused on the basis of his religious convictions, Amersfoort city council suspended for a month payments to both him and his wife under the Participatiewet, which provides for a minimum income for every legal resident in the Netherlands.

This is the Guardian’s headline “Netherlands cuts Muslim man’s benefits for refusing to shave beard” – nothin like torquing the “Islamophobia” angle.

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