Thursday, December 14, 2006

Morocco not as open to Christianity as it would have you believe

I hate to mention the National Clergy Council, but their claim that Morocco is open to Christianity has been proven wrong again.

The most recent example comes from the Moroccan city of Agadir, where a German evangelist was arrested for distributing Christian CDs and pamphlets. He later fled the country to avoid a 6 month prison term.

Most, if not all Arab countries have prohibitions on "shaking the faith." While that doesn't lend itself to freedom or even healthy civil society, it would be unfair to single out one country for laws they all uphold.

The difference is that Moroccan spokespeople travel across the United States to brag about religious freedoms they clearly do not actually enjoy. This story demonstrates that Moroccan tolerance is a farce meant to woo evangelicals from the Sahrawi cause that many of them have supported.

Long story short: if Driss Jettou had his way, the picture above, a Jesuit priest enjoying his holiday in Marrakesh, would have to be photoshopped. And indeed it was, by an excellent Photoshopping Georgetown student who prefers to remain nameless (which side is his Maghreb bread buttered on, I wonder).

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