- Moroccan authorities have sent packing five Christian missionaries for allegedly inciting Muslims to convert, the Interior Ministry statement has said.
National news agency, MAP said the five women, four from Spain and a German, have been put on a ferry and sent to Spain after they were caught during an assembly in Morocco’s economic capital Casablanca with the country’s Muslims.
The Ministry statement said several pieces of evangelical propaganda materials were also seized, including video cassettes in Arabic that advocated for the conversion to Christianity.
The ministry spokesman said it is against the Moroccan law to try to convert Muslims though he insisted Morocco has nothing against the Christian faith, but the authorities felt that missionaries had gone too far.
Local reports said the missionaries were expelled without being officially arrested or charged for their alleged action.
Several Evangelical Christians have been charged or detained in recent months in neighbouring Algeria, and authorities throughout North Africa have become increasingly wary of an apparent push by some Protestant churches in this overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim region.
Last week the Interior Ministry issued a statement asserting it would not hesitate to crack down on media or activists that threatened the country's religion and moral values.
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