According to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center, America has some demographic changes coming over the next twenty years. In their review of population growth in the United States, the survey group found that Muslims will almost certainly become the second-largest religious minority in the country by the year 2040. Far from being “banned” from entering the United States, Muslims are poised to become an ever-greater presence in our culture, our neighborhoods, and our politics. And while it may not be politically correct to say this, one glance at Europe is enough to assure us that this does not bode well for America’s future.
To be certain, we are not headed for Europe’s fate anytime soon. Thanks to oceans between us and Muslim-majority countries (and an administration that is no longer playing dangerous games with the refugee program), we are not at risk of seeing anything close to a true demographic invasion. Christians are not, in other words, destined to be overtaken by Muslims in any of our lifetimes. That said, Muslims are indisputably on track to overtake Jews as the next-largest religious minority, and they will do so over the next two decades.
“In 2007,” Pew reported, “we estimated that there were 2.35 million Muslims of all ages (including 1.5 million adults) in the U.S. By 2011, the number of Muslims had grown to 2.75 million (including 1.8 million adults.”
Since that time, the study found, the U.S. Muslim population has grown at a rate of approximately 100,000 per year, thanks to immigration and high fertility rates. The research organization said that the total Muslim population is expected to reach 8.1 million by 2050, doubling their current share of the country’s demographics to become 2.1% of the population.
So-called “ethnic Muslims” – those who happen to come from Islamic families but do not themselves pay any more than lip service to the religion – are not the problem, but “moderate” Muslims are just as much a problem as outright Islamists and extremists. Because, simply, moderate Muslims give cover for the ones who are really waging a holy war against the West. By constantly apologizing and advocating for Islam, they are pulling a politically correct wool over the public’s eyes, and this is only going to get worse as the Muslim population grows. They will have more political influence than ever and their increased presence in culture and government will make it even harder for people of reason to tell the truth about this extraordinarily ugly religion.
We’d love to take the silver lining approach and predict that a population surge of American Muslims will gradually take the extremist edge off the religion…but we’ll have to see it to believe it.