Morocco: Report Lauds Interfaith Efforts

Source: Eurasia review

August 7, 2012

 By Hassan Benmehdi

Morocco is becoming a trailblazer in the Arab world in terms of countering extremist ideology and promoting “tolerance, respect and dialogue among religious groups”, according to a just-published report.

In its latest study on religious freedoms around the world, the US Department of State noted that Moroccan law guarantees freedom of religion.

The government is determined to press on with its intention “to encourage tolerance, respect and dialogue among religious groups”, the July 30th report found.

The document also recognises the efforts made to promote moderate Islam and tolerance. Jewish Moroccans and Christian communities enjoy freedom of religion and are allowed to hold their religious services without restrictions.

“There are no prohibitions on religious clothing or symbols in either the public or the private sphere,” the report says.

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