Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Christians Expelled from Morocco for 'Proselytizing'

Foreign Christians working in Morocco have been expelled by authorities. Among the 20 deported foreigners, 16 are workers who cared for abandoned and orphaned children.

In a Sunday raid, police seized Christian literature and CDs at the "Village of Hope," near Meknes. They accused workers of trying to convert minors to Christianity, which is against the law in Morocco.

According to the Village of Hope Web site, all foreign workers had to go. "They have not told us how long we have left, but it will be between one and three days," Village of Hope member Chris Broadbent wrote.

"This is despite the fact that we have always been open about our faith to the authorities and for 10 years they have allowed VoH to take in and foster children abandoned by this society," he added. "Children who would otherwise be killed or placed in state run 'mega' orphanages." The group left behind 33 children who'd been in their care.

Morocco's official news agency said police were enforcing laws to preserve the nation's religious and spiritual values. The country's constitution protects Islam as the official religion. Morocco's population is 99 percent Muslim.


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