Moroccan Islamists use Facebook to target Christians
Muslim extremists in Morocco are using Facebook to identify and vilify Christians in their country and call for their imprisonment.
Morocco has an anti-proselytizing law, which outlaws any attempt to convert Muslims in their country.
Although Morocco has long enjoyed a reputation for being progressive and historically moderate, they recently began to clamp down on Christians, Compass Direct News said.
Last March some 100 foreign Christians were deported with little warning, allegedly for proselytizing. Many believe it is part of a plan to rid the country of all Christians, CDN said.
Some 7,000 Muslim clerics in a statement denounced Christians and said their aid work is “religious terrorism,” CDN said.
In Facebook, one Gardes Maroc Maroc featured photos of dozens of Christians and captioned them as “hyena evangelists” and “wolves in lamb’s skins.”
Included was information of the Christians’ families nationwide, their addresses, and a delineation of their church involvement, CDN said.
Maroc called also for government authorities to investigate Christian couples who adopted children from a village called Ain Leuh. He claimed that “foreign missionaries” ordered Christians in Morocco to adopt children to perpetuate missionary efforts. On March 8 some 26 foreign Christian staff from the Village of Hope in Ain Leuh were deported, CDN said.
Also in the Facebook page were images to “show” that Christians rented out a government-owned apartment. The caption said, “Evangelist hyenas are deriding your Ministry,” CDN said.
Another page was filled with photos of Rashid Hmami, a widely known Christian TV personality, and his family. Inserted among the collage of pictures were photos of hyenas, CDN said.
Moroccan Christians are alarmed by constant government harassment that has escalated since March. Christians have been subject to police interrogations, sometimes for as long as eight hours, CDN said.
Muslim relatives have changed their attitudes to Christian family members and many Moroccan Christians have been asked to leave their homes so that Muslim family members will be spared of any trouble, CDN said.
The Moroccan government is undergoing what is referred to as a national societal transformation process. Part of the effort includes a national media campaign that denigrates Christians, CDN said.
Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf, co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights commission, has notified the U.S. Congress of the sudden lack of religious tolerance in Morocco, noting that some 50 Americans have been deported, CDN said.
He also noted that the U.S. government has pledged some $675.5 million in aid to Morocco. Wolf urged that the money be withheld. In a congressional hearing he said, “It is inappropriate for American taxpayer money to go to a nation which disregards the rights of American citizens residing in Morocco and forcibly expels Americans without due process of law,” CDN said.
Also at the hearing was Dutch citizen Herman Boonstra, head of Village of Hope, who with his wife was deported last March, forcing them to leave behind eight adopted children. The couple has been refused re-entry, as have all deported Christian foreigners, CDN said.