A big YouTube hit makes startling predictions about the Islamification of Europe over the next few decades and has been viewed more than 10 million times. But can you believe what it says?
This seven-and-a-half minute video “Muslim Demographics” uses slick graphics, punctuated with dramatic music, to make some surprising claims, asserting that much of Europe will be majority Muslim in just a few decades. It says that in the past two decades, 90% of all population growth in Europe has been Muslim immigration. Read more
The above data is a few years old now – the BBC report just cited is dated 2009 but some people think the issue remains live.
Is Christianity dying out in Europe? Or is the Islamification of Europe a mere myth?
It’s certainly true that Muslims are publicly faithful to their beliefs. They stand out (literally) from the crowd, proud of their distinctive dress, and they keep to their strict prayer regime (five times a day) even if that means arranging special permissions, such as pupils being released early from school to attend Friday prayers at the Mosque.
So, what do you think – even if the figures quoted in the video turn out to be – as the BBC claims – a “myth” is it possible, likely even, that Islam will become the main religion of Europe in the not too far distant future?
Has the Catholic Church’s recent emphasis on inter-faith dialogue, the frequent praise of non-Christian religions, encouraged indifferentism among Catholics? Should we be concerned about the possible Islamification of Europe or, in the new spirit of “dialogue” and “tolerance” does it really matter? If we’re all going to Heaven anyway, what difference does it make if Europe is secular, Christian or Islamic?