Saturday, April 27, 2013

Morocco Fatwa Demands Death Sentence For Christian Converts

Morocco is rapidly following Egypt, Libya and the other North African countries swept up in the "Arab Spring".  Country by country, the radical, purest elements of the Islamist movement are taking over the governments. 

The 22,000 Christians of Morocco should be offered sanctuary in America and Europe.  At the same time, 22,000 visas should be withheld from Muslims applying to immigrate.  The Muslim world must be sent the message that the persecution and murder of religious minorities will not be tolerated and those persecuted will be absorbed into the West as a replacement for Muslim immigration.


Morocco Fatwa Demands Death Sentence For Christian Converts

Thursday, April 25, 2013 (12:58 pm)

BosNewsLife Africa Service

RABAT,MOROCCO (BosNewsLife)-- Christian converts in Morocco feared for their future Thursday, April 25, after the country's highest Islamic institute issued a fatwa demanding the death penalty for Muslims who renounce their religion.

The Supreme Ulema Council of Morocco (CSO), a body of Islamic scholars headed by King Mohammed VI, said that Muslims who reject their faith "should be condemned to death."  CSO is the only institution entitled to issue 'fatwas', or religious decrees, in Morocco.

The ministry of Islamic affairs declined to comment on the issue.

The fatwa dates back to April 2012 when a legal report was prepared by the government, but it wasn't published at the time, according to local media.

Mahjoub El Hiba, a senior human rights official in the Moroccan government, denied to reporters that the government received a fatwa on "apostasy" -- the word used for abandoning Islam -- as the Arabic-language daily Akhbar al-Youm had claimed.


The different statements could not be immediately reconciled, but local Christians expressed concern about the situation, saying it could lead to a new crackdown on the country's tiny Christian community of some 22,000 people.

"There's a lot of confusion and discussion in Morocco right now about the fatwa," said a pastor near the city of Marrakech in a statement distributed by advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC). "We fear that if the fatwa is approved, the government will use it to harass us and even arrest us during our meetings," the church leader added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The [Islamic] fundamentalists will have an excuse to harm us," the pastor reportedly said.

ICC Regional Manager for the Middle East, Aidan Clay, agrees that the fatwa adds to concern about the position of Christians in the Islamic nation of over 32 million people. "


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