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Monday, March 31, 2008

Demography Is Destiny?

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According to Monsignor Vittorio Formenti of the Vatican,

"For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us."

Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's 2008 statistical yearbook put the current world percentage of Catholics at 17.4% and Muslims at 19.2%. If, however you add all Christian religions together you find that Christians still account for 33% of the world population. Then again if current trends hold, according to this projection Muslims will outnumber Christians of all denominations by the year 2200.

The question here really isn't so much which religion is growing fastest; in and of itself this wouldn't be all that significant. What makes it significant is that,

  1. much of this growth is occurring in the immigrant Muslim populations in European nations, nations which are ostensibly our allies and

  2. these Muslims are not being assimilated into these nations.

Even beyond their not being assimilated many of them are actually being radicalized, the worst in their culture being promoted. For a detailed explanation of the degree of this problem I'd refer you to Londonistan by Melanie Phillips.

In the previous paradigm of the melting pot, in which immigrants came to a host nation and "melted" into its culture, contributing some things to their new home but adapting themselves into the majority culture, the growing problem would not be as acute as it is under multiculturalism which is the new model for dealing with immigration. If Muslims were under societal pressure to moderate their more radical elements it might even help create a greater pressure to bring about a much needed Muslim reformation. According to the rules of multiculturalism it is something akin to a hate-crime to question Muslims about what is being done in the name of their religion. The mainstream media is complicit in assisting Islam in not addressing its own deficits. For example, TV frequently portrays Americans as committing hate crimes against them, making them victims. In reality these selfsame Hollywood productions are almost the only place you will see such things happening. Considering the level of worldwide radical Muslim violence, Western restraint, not its giving in to hate is what is really remarkable and admirable.

The growth of Islam as a percentage of the entire human population will be a growing problem as long the West is so uncertain of its own worth that it can't make a case for its own values. What is truly remarkable is that the West is so unsure of itself in comparison to a culture that refuses to grant women the same rights as men, views anybody who isn't Muslim as second class (at best) etc. By not confronting Islam's faults, allowing millions of Muslims to immigrate while retaining their own culture and not assimilating, the citizens of the West will eventually find themselves minorities in their own countries. And if this should happen the likely demography of the future is destined to bring about the end of freedom as we now know it.

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