San Antonio and Rabat
At first glance, how could there be any connection between a city in Texas and the capital of Morocco? The connection is the Muslim faith. First, the Texas side. There is a small liberal arts institution located in San Antonio known as Trinity University ( keep that name in the back of your mind) which has become somewhat newsworthy over the past year. In March, 2009 a group of students, the Trinity Diversity Connection, led by a Muslim student began a push to have the words” in the year of our Lord,” removed from the school’s diplomas. Their president’s objections centered on the fact that this was a direct Christian reference and not everyone believes that way. The group has supported by the student government and a campus commencement committee. Input is still being received and trustees will consider the request at a May meeting.
Now for part two which admittedly is somewhat more significant. The North African country of Morocco ( Casablanca anyone?) is known as a moderate Islamic country with generally good relations with the United States. It is like a number of its neighbors 99% Muslim. So, why the sudden push to clamp down on Christians?
The country’ s position as stated by Ambassador Aziz Mekouar , which it refuses to call a crackdown on Christians is that the sudden, inexplicable deportations of British citizen and 20 year resident of Morocco, businessman and 15 year resident of Morocco Michael Ramsey among others. There were interrogations , raids on homes ,etc followed by swift ignominious passage out of the country.
The charge, proselytizing,the ambassador says it involves pushing someone to change their faith. The unanswered question is why now and why target individuals that have been in the country for years? Perhaps the answer is as Jack Wald suspects. Wald is pastor of Rabat International Church. He is hearing reports of Moroccan Christians being followed, questions and intimidated. He describes it as the heat being on Moroccan Christians.
Two events, neither of which are really connected, but yet are in a sense. One in a pluralistic country, the other in a country 99% of whose people adhere to basically the same belief system. The ongoing event in Texas could not occur in Morocco. Some would say that the events in Morocco have occurred here. In the aftermath of 9/11, there probably was some of that here. But institutionally and to those actively engaged in ongoing humanitarian activities, I doubt.
Wonder if CAIR operates in Rabat?
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