Monday, August 28, 2006

Religious freedom in Morocco is more like freedom for one religion

I've mentioned before that the National Clergy Council is trying to seduce the evangelical community away from supporting the Saharawis. Part of their pitch is Morocco's openness to Christianity. On my flight to Washington, I got anecdotal proof that Morocco may not value diversity as much as they say they do.

At the NCC luncheon, a man asked if it was possible to open a bible college in Morocco. Rob Schenck, head of the NCC and creepy dude about town, said it was, you just had to be careful not to offend people with proselytizing. This satisfied the crowd of religious leaders.

On my flight to Washington, I sat next to a girl from Texas A&M who studied abroad in Spain. While I was telling her about the Western Sahara, she shared her own story about Morocco. Some of her friends, Texas evangelicals, visited Morocco from Spain. On several occasions bibles were seized and thrown away by Moroccan authorities at customs. This presents a different picture than that the NCC paints of Morocco.

Now, I understand many countries censor religious paraphernalia. And an anecdote from an anonymous Aggie isn't incontrovertible proof. I'm just saying that if you want to start a bible school in Morocco, I hope you have parts memorized.


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