When discussing the ‘threat’ of the Islamization of Europe, it is useful to be aware of some historical facts, as well as of 20th-21st century South/North population pressures.
What is known historically as the Muslim conquest lasted from the 8th (eighth) century to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922. By 750 A.D., successive Muslim Empires encompassed North Africa and the Saudi Arabian peninsula, whence they stretched to Northern India. Muslims conquered India between the 13th and 16th centuries, converting part of the population from Hinduism. (In 1947, after India became independent, part of India’s Muslim population was transferred to the new sovereign state of Pakistan.)
Between 1095 and 1291 European Catholic monarchs organized no fewer than seven Crusades in a futile attempt to wrest the Holy Land from Muslim rule.
Undeterred, Muslims conquered Eastern Europe all the way to Hungary: anyone having lived in Hungary cannot escape learning that two fateful battles against the Muslims were fought in the town of Mohacs, in Southwestern Hungary in 1526 and 1687, marking the beginning and the end of Ottoman domination of that country.
What relevance do these facts have for current efforts to prevent the Islamization of Europe?
The first is that by the time the Ottoman Empire fell, Islam had been a powerful force for more than a thousand years. The second is that at present, after a decline of less than a century, Islam is once again a rising force, as the second largest world religion (23% of the world population versus 33% for Christianity).
Add to this South/North population pressures, and it is difficult to believe that Europe will remain a predominantly Christian region forever. Islam is the largest religion in Africa, just across the Mediterranean, which is home to one fourth of the world’s Muslim population.
Presently, the French presidential election nears, in which immigration, mainly from Africa, is a hot issue; a Norwegian stands trial for having assassinated some 70 people in cold blood to ‘protect’ his country from multiculturalism; the United States continues to indulge in wars against Muslim countries of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, while its citizens are protected from prosecution by ‘stand your ground’ laws that facilitate racial killings, a few more statistics may possibly help forestall at least some bloodshed:
I have written elsewhere that Caucasians constitute an absolute minority on the face of the earth. But the world Caucasian is a loaded term, but let us say for the sake of argument that it refers to populations who are neither Asian, Indian nor Black. A website called nationsonline.org divides the world population according to continent:
For a total world population of just under 7 billion, Africa accounts for over 1 billion, Asia over 4 billion, the Americas, 900 million, Europe, 739 million and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) 35 million. That makes ‘Caucasians’ barely 2/5ths of the world’s population.
Besides being the dominant religion in the Middle East, Islam is the religion of forty percent of the population of southeast Asia, and is the fastest growing religion worldwide.
In its quest for dwindling resources the world needs to avoid waging what is surely destined to be (once again) a losing battle over God.