MembersThe Persecuted Christian Minority in Morocco

Moroccan Christians come from a Muslim background, and are thus persecuted because of their apostasy

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Morocco
Christians have it rough across the Middle East, even in "moderate" Arab countries.
The Christians of the Middle East are suffering, but not because of some clandestine Israeli effort to remove them. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Morocco provides freedom of belief and religion, but this is not applicable to everyone. Moroccan Christians often face legal problems, including arrest, because according to Islamic law, they are considered apostate. For this reason, many, if not most, simply never publicly reveal their faith in Jesus Christ.


Christianity in Morocco

Morocco is a Muslim-majority country. As such, the Moroccan legislature does not relate to or represent non-religious or non-Muslim Moroccans. As far as it’s concerned, most Moroccans holding a national ID card are Muslims. The number of Christians in Morocco is estimated at 31,500 according to Open Doors, but there are no official statistics on the number of Christians. Most Moroccan newspapers rely on foreign reports regarding this topic. There are no surveys of Christians in Morocco, and this makes it difficult at best for researchers to address the subject.

Morocco presents itself as a tolerant country, but selectively, meaning that it accepts Jews and foreigners. Local Christians, however, are rejected,...

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