Morocco is supposed to be one of the more moderate Islamic states and a long-time friend of America. But it’s still better not to be a Christian or any other non-Muslim. Religious tolerance just ain’t high on the list of most Islamic governments, including that in Morocco.
the Village of Hope orphanage in Ain Leuh, Morocco, has been ordered to close by government authorities.
The 20 expatriates that ran the orphanage have been told they must leave the country within three days. The reason given by officials is that the staff has been proselytizing the children to Christianity.
Voice of Hope orphanage has been operating for 10 years, taking in children abandoned by their parents and society. Thirty three children lived there, some since its founding in 2000. Without Voice of Hope (VoH), the future for these children is grim: life on the streets or one of the government “mega” orphanages.
The closure came without warning. “We have always been open about our faith to the authorities,” said Chris Broadbent, Human Resources Manager for VoH. “Watching the children be told by their [foster] parents that they had to leave, that they would maybe never see them again, is the most painful thing I have ever witnessed… This is a shame and a disgrace to the leaders of Morocco.”
This is the latest in recent similar actions by the Moroccan government. On February 4th, authorities raided a Christian meeting in Asmis, arresting 18 and deporting the lone foreigner. Since then five other foreign Christian workers have been expelled.
Rabid Islamists insist that they are firm in their faith. But only the uncertain should feel the need to persecute those of other faiths–especially powerless minorities. The only reason to shut down an orphanage is the fear that the children will be attracted to the faith which offers them true love and hope.
Shame on the Moroccan authorities!
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