Moroccan ministry worker fired for mentioning ‘sexual orientation’

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1/15/22

The head of literacy at Morocco’s ministry of endowments and Islamic affairs has been fired for simply mentioning sexual orientation in adult learning materials. According to The New Arab, the employee oversaw the production of adult literacy courses used in mosques, and recently released a new curriculum. But one part fo the curriculum included a quote from a book, which read: “Equality implies that people are treated equally without discrimination regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.” For Morocco’s minister of Islamic affairs, Ahmad al-Tawfiq, the mere mention of sexual orientation was a fireable offence. Al-Tawfiq conducted an investigation, and concluded that the head of literacy had been trying to “promote” homosexuality in mosques. He was fired immediately, and teachers across Morocco have been ordered to cross out the words “sexual orientation” in their copies of the curriculum. A queer person currently in Morocco, who chose to remain anonymous, told The New Arab: “We are one of the few countries that cancel people for doing the right thing. “Just see the injustice that this man faced, and imagine how much the LGBTQIA+ community suffers in Morocco.” Moroccan Outlaws, which lobbies for LGBT+ and women’s rights in Morocco, asked on Instagram: “When will the violence against the Moroccan LGBTQIA+ stop?”

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