The Kingdom of Morocco is known as the “Arab West.” Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences.
Though all citizens are considered Muslim, Christian leaders estimate that there are 4,000 citizens, perhaps more, who regularly attend secret house churches. Conversion is not illegal, but converts can be prosecuted for “shaking the beliefs” of a Muslim and sentenced to prison for up to three years. Those found guilty of proselytism or converting others also face criminal punishment or expulsion from the country.
All religious activity must be registered with the government. Violators are commonly fined for distributing religious texts, discussing religion or holding worship meetings. Some church leaders protest these laws by refusing to pay fines. This has resulted in numerous police raids, confiscation of property, prison sentences and prohibition from travel outside the region.
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