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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Morocco: Crackdown on Christians, what has changed?

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The orphanage (run by the expelled missionaries in the Atlas Mountains) had been operating for 10 years without any problems. What changed? Authorities appeared to be reacting to claims made by an extremist imam, who accused the orphanage of not respecting adoption procedures.
In most deportation cases, authorities don't even give a reason, though it's usually clear that those being deported are suspected of proselytizing. In fact, the proselytizing charge applies only to non-Muslims.
Even though Morocco is a much more tolerant country than, say, Saudi Arabia in terms of freedom of religion, it nonetheless imprisons anyone trying to “shake the faith of Muslims” for up to three years.
...Why is Morocco developing a harder stance toward Christians? King Mohamed VI is responding to the pressure of not only Islamists but also from other conservative parties.
Already in 2005, Abdelhamid Aouad, a nationalist member of parliament, raised the issue on the floor of parliament, asking the minister of Islamic affairs what the government was doing about the massive evangelization underway. Repeatedly the minister told him that there was nothing to worry about.
Aouad declared, without proof, that the evangelists’ ultimate goal was to convert 10 percent of the Moroccan population by 2020. An Islamist center mentioned that 150,000 Moroccans had been converted by Christian missionaries. Both unfounded allegations are clearly being used as scare tactics to shape public opinion.
Hard statistics are tough to get, but there are allegedly between 150 to 800 missionaries and from 7,000 to 58,000 converts in Morocco. The discrepancy in numbers can be explained by the fact that missionaries and converts have had to go underground in order to stay protected.
The regime has devoted time and energy to fight off this supposed wave of conversion through for example a zero tolerance policy and the creation of a cell devoted to monitoring the phenomenon.
While the plight of foreign Christians is bad, the one of Moroccan Christians is even worse. The Moroccan constitution guarantees the free practice of all religions and King Mohamed VI was crystal clear when he stated that people of the three religions — Islam, Judaism and Christianity — can freely and safely express themselves in the kingdom.
But Moroccan Christians are banned from entering official churches and have to pray in hiding. They also have to be married and buried under Muslim law.
Wow, and this is "religious freedom"? That same freedom they are telling Spanish MSM, that is so flourishing in Morocco in the Najwa's veil case?

Background: "Christian proselitism is terrorism", ulemas say.
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WomanHonorThyself said...

excellente mi horrific that this is so under reported Claudia!!!

Claudia said...

Hello Angel!

Well, Morocco is considered a "moderate" country. If this was reported, that favourable image would be destroyed. It's really horrific yes!

MK said...

"Crackdown on Christians, what has changed?"

From the looks of it, not much. Same old, same old intolerant bigoted islam.

Claudia said...

Well, I should have titled the post "Morocco perceived as a "moderate" Muslim country: what has changed?"

If this thing would have been done in any Western country, imagine the outrage!!! :(

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