State Dept. Quiet on Morocco Christian Expulsions

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Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., says the U.S. State Department refused to testify at a hearing on Morocco's expulsion of foreign Christian workers.

Morocco accused the Christians of proselytizing, but they say the accusation is not true.

Recently, CBN News spoke with Tom Farr, a professor at Georgetown University and a religious freedom advocate. He said that when the U.S. fails to defend religious freedom, it has national and international repercussions.

"If we don't put an emphasis on this, we are losing an opportunity to combat Islamic terrorism for example," Farr said. "Muslims need religious freedom to argue against these radical political theologies that are rampant on many of the countries that we support. There are two sides to this -- humanitarian and national security. And the administration is missing an important opportunity on both."

Meanwhile, The Associated Press has reported that the State Department has been vocal in defending gay rights in Africa.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner told a Washington gathering that the agency is, "firmly committed to supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals" in Uganda and other countries.

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