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Morocco: conversion from Islam should not be punished by death

February 09, 2017

Retracting a 2012 ruling, Morocco’s High Religious Committee has ruled that persons who convert from Islam should no longer be punished by death by religious decree.

The committee “redefined apostasy not as a religious issue but as a political stand more closely aligned with ‘high treason,’” according to a report by New York-based Morocco World News.

In a front-page article, the Vatican newspaper characterized the committee’s decision as part of a “framework of reforms, inspired by a line of cultural openness and religious pluralism, desired by the sovereign, Mohammed VI.”

Morocco, a nation of 33.7 million, is 99% Muslim.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 10, 2017 8:48 AM ET USA

    Slowly dragging Islam into the ninth century.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 09, 2017 7:31 PM ET USA

    I get it! Instead of death by religion, it is death by government run by religion. Then you can't blame Mohammed just because they do what he said to do. I never knew before what religious pluralism really meant. Thanks to Vatican press we now understand.