Morocco expels 100 foreign Christians
May 26, 2010
The Moroccan government has announced that since March, it has deported over 100 foreign Christians for proselytizing Muslims.
“These incidents (expulsions) were prompted by the activism of some foreigners who undermined public order,” said Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs Minister Ahmed Toufiq. “There are some who hide their proselytism and religious activism under the guise of other activities.”
Many of those expelled are aid workers and have denied the allegations. Some Western diplomats see the deportations as an effort to rid the nation of traces of Christianity.
The nation of 30.8 million is only 0.07% Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.
- Foreign Christians Expelled from Morocco (Vatican Radio)
- Rabat expels 100 for proselytizing (Reuters)