Friday, June 23, 2017

WHY THE ODDS FAVOR ISLAM

Why the Odds Favor Islam

WILLIAM KILPATRICK

On May 22, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated himself outside a pop concert 
in Manchester, England, killing and wounding dozens, many of them young 
children.

Image result for islam imagesThe terrorist was a 22-year-old named Salman Abedi. A few days after the attack, I was reading an article about the mosque he attended—the Didsbury 
Mosque. “That’s funny,” I thought looking at the accompanying photo, “that doesn’t look like a mosque, it looks like a church.”

Sure enough, as I discovered, the Didsbury Mosque was once the Albert Park Methodist Chapel. It had been bought by the local Syrian Muslim community 
and transformed into a Muslim place of worship.

Similar transformations have been taking place in other parts of the UK. St. Mark’s Church in London is now the New Peckham Mosque, St. Peter’s Church 
in Cobridge, sold to the Madina Mosque. The Brick Lane Mosque in London was 
originally a Methodist church. But church-to-mosque conversions are only 
part of a larger story. There are now 423 mosques in London, and the number 
is expected to grow. Meanwhile, 500 London churches have closed since 2001, 
and in all of England 10,000 churches have closed since 1960.

The transformation of the Albert Park Methodist Church to the Didsbury 
Mosque is emblematic of one of the most significant shifts in history: the 
transformation of Europe from a largely Christian continent to a largely 
Islamic one. The transformation is far from complete, and there’s an outside 
chance the process can be reversed, but time and demographics favor Islam.
In several of Europe’s cities, the Muslim population now hovers around the 
thirty percent mark. In ten years’ time, that will be forty percent. Of 
course that doesn’t mean 40 percent of highly committed Muslims facing 60 
percent of deeply devout Christians. Both faiths have their share of 
half-hearted “nominals” for whom religion is more a cultural inheritance 
than a deeply held conviction. Still, the “nominal” problem is a much 
greater problem for European Christians than for European Muslims. In many 
European countries, Sunday church attendance is the 5-10 percent range 
whereas mosque attendance is very high in relation to the size of the Muslim 
population. In England, there are already more Muslims attending Friday 
prayers than there are Christians attending Anglican services on Sundays. A 
study by Christian Research predicts that by 2020 the number of Muslims 
attending prayer service in England and Wales will exceed the number of 
Catholics attending weekly Mass.

It’s also noteworthy that the expanding Muslim population in Europe is 
relatively young, whereas the declining “Christian” population is an aging 
one. Sixty-forty seems like good odds until you realize that the average age 
of the 60 percenters will be around 55 while the average age of the 40 
percenters will be around 25.

You may object that if there is any fighting to be done, most of the 
fighting on the “Christian” side will be done by the army, not by citizens 
in walkers and wheelchairs. But keep in mind that the military draws its 
recruits from the ranks of the young. As the population of the people that 
Islamists refer to as “crusaders” ages, European governments will be forced 
to draw more of their new recruits from the Muslim population. The same goes 
for the police forces. Many Muslims will serve their country or their city 
faithfully, but many will have divided loyalties, and some will have signed 
up in the first place with mutiny in mind.

Most likely, however, the transformation will be effected without major 
battles. It won’t be a matter of numbers or of military strength, but of 
strength of belief. Those with the strongest beliefs will prevail. Those who 
are not sure what to believe will submit without a fight.
Will Europe Defend its “Values”?

That’s the theme of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission, a novel about the 
gradual Islamization of France. The protagonist, a middle-aged professor, 
has a number of qualms about the Islamic takeover of the university system, 
but nothing sufficient to resist it. The things he values most—literature, 
good food, and sex—are, in the end, no impediment to accepting Islam. True, 
he is offered several inducements to convert—career advancement, plenty of 
money, and several “wives”—but one gets the impression that, even without 
these incentives, he would still eventually convert. At one point prior to 
his submission, he thinks about joining a monastic order as his literary 
hero, J.K. Huysmans, had done, but he soon realizes that he lacks the 
necessary Christian conviction. Indeed, he has no strong convictions.
His plight is the plight of contemporary Europe in a nutshell. Many 
Europeans see no sense in resisting Islamization because they have nothing 
worth defending. To be sure, European leaders still talk about “our values,” 
but they can’t seem to specify what those values are, beyond appeals to 
“diversity” and “pluralism.” For example, after the Manchester massacre, 
British Prime Minister Theresa May stated that “our values—the liberal, 
pluralistic values of Britain—will always prevail over the hateful ideology 
of the terrorists.”

I’m not so sure of that. In an earlier era, Brits would have connected their 
values to God, country, family, and honor. In other words, things worth 
fighting for. But “liberal, pluralistic values”? That’s not very solid 
ground on which to take your stand. Who wants to die for diversity? Indeed, 
it can be argued that the worship of diversity for its own sake is what 
allowed terrorists to get a foothold in England in the first place. No one 
wanted to question all those diverse preachers spreading their diverse 
message about Jews, infidels, and homosexuals. The trouble is, unless there 
are higher values than diversity, there’s no way of judging between good 
diversities and bad diversities—between, say, honoring your wife and 
honor-killing her if she displeases you.

The same is true of freedom. Freedom is a fundamental right, but what you do 
with your freedom is also important. There has to be some higher objective 
value that directs our choices to good ends rather than bad ones. Otherwise, 
freedom becomes a license to do anything one pleases.
An Attack on Childhood.

Here we touch on a very touchy subject. I would not like to be in Theresa 
May’s shoes when, after a horrifying attack, she has to come up with just 
the right words. But one thing she said struck me as not quite right. She 
said: “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a 
room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish, but as an 
opportunity for carnage.”

It’s possible to fully agree with May’s sentiments while, at the same time, 
noting that there once was a time when a room full of children watching an 
Ariana Grande concert would not be considered “a scene to cherish.” “Her 
dress, dancing, and song lyrics,” wrote one columnist, “are deliberately 
decadent and immodest.” And, after watching some YouTube clips of her 
performances, I would have to agree. I’m pretty sure that most of the 
parents I know would not want their children to attend one of her concerts.
While the world was justly outraged at Salman Abedi’s attack on innocent 
children, no one seems to notice the attack on childhood innocence that the 
typical pop concert represents. The two “attacks” should not be equated, of 
course. The producers of pop concerts are not the moral equivalents of a 
suicide bomber. Still, the fact that so many parents saw nothing wrong with 
dropping their children off at the Manchester concert suggests a great deal 
of moral confusion in the West.

Unfortunately, such moral confusion leaves people vulnerable to those who 
are absolutely certain about their beliefs. The moral relativism of the West 
is one of the chief reasons why the Islamic cultural jihad has been so
successful. People who can’t see that the soft-porn style of Lady Gaga, 
Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande is not good for children will have difficulty 
seeing the problem with polygamy, child marriage, and other aspects of 
sharia law. In a relativistic society, the safest default position is “who’s 
to judge?”

Relativism Leads to Islamic Dominance

Earlier I said that Europe is being transformed from a Christian culture to 
an Islamic culture, but that’s not quite accurate because it’s actually a 
three-stage transformation. Much of Europe has already transitioned out of 
its Christian stage and into a post-Christian or secular stage. There are 
still many Christians in Europe, but Europe’s Christian consciousness has 
been largely lost. The next stage is the transition from secularism to 
Islam. That’s not inevitable, but it’s likely because without a framework of 
Judeo-Christian beliefs, secularism becomes relativism and relativism can’t 
offer much resistance to determined true believers.

Back in 2014, Theresa May said “we celebrate different ways of life, we 
value diversity, and we cherish our freedom to lead our lives as we choose.” 
But if your culture stands for nothing more than the freedom to shop for 
different lifestyles, it won’t last long. The contemporary Western 
fascination with pop culture highlights the problem. Pop culture is by its 
very nature a transient phenomenon. What is pop today won’t be pop tomorrow. 
Indeed, the popular culture of tomorrow may very well favor burqas, multiple 
wives, and male supremacy. There may still be a place for singer-dancers 
like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, but that place would most likely be as a 
harem dancer in a Sultan’s palace or as entertainment for a Saudi prince who 
has bought up a country estate in Oxfordshire.

It’s hard to beat transcendent values with transient values. That’s 
especially the case when the transcendent crowd are willing to die (and kill 
you in the process) for their values. Most Brits, on the other hand, are not 
willing to lay down their lives for the sake of keeping bacon on the menu or 
porn on the telly.


Christianity vs. Two Forms of Totalitarianism

When I use the word “transcendent,” I refer only to a belief in an eternal 
life beyond this worldly existence. Quite obviously, as in the case of 
Salman Abedi, transcendent values can be twisted. The idea that God will 
reward you for murdering innocent young women in Manchester by furnishing 
you with virginal young women in paradise is a truly twisted concept. But 
apparently it is widely shared in the Muslim world. When, during a World Cup 
qualifier in Australia, a minute of silence was called to commemorate the 
London terror victims, the whole Saudi soccer team refused to observe it. As 
Sheik Mohammad Tawhidi later explained:

In their eyes the attackers are martyrs who are going to paradise. And if 
they stand for a minute of silence they are against their Muslim brothers 
who fought for jihad and fought the infidels.

As twisted as these values may be, it’s beginning to look as though secular 
values aren’t up to the job of opposing them. The trouble with secular 
values when they are cut off from their Judeo-Christian roots is that they 
are arbitrary. Autonomy? Dignity? Equality? Says who?

“If there is no God,” wrote Dostoevsky, “everything is permitted.” 
Secularism has no God and, therefore, no ultimate standard of judgment. The 
end result is that each man becomes his own god and does his own thing—even 
if that “thing” involves the exploitation of childhood innocence. Islam, on 
the other hand, does believe in God, but not the God Dostoevsky had in mind. 
The God of Islam is an arbitrary despot whose commands are not rooted in 
reason, love, or justice.

So we have two arbitrary systems vying for control of the West—the soft 
totalitarianism of secularism and the hard totalitarianism of Islam. Both 
are really forms of slavery. Muslims are slaves of a tyrannical God, and 
secular man becomes the slave of his own desires and addictions. It may seem 
unthinkable that the West will ever submit to Islam, but many Western 
citizens are already in submission mode. Submission to their desires has put 
them in a bad spot. As a result, they are looking for something bigger to 
submit to—something outside and above their own fragile selves. Some have 
already turned to Islam. Many more will unless…

Unless, that is, there is a recovery of the Judeo-Christian belief that God 
is a God of love, justice, reason, and goodness—and that we are made in his 
image (a concept which does not exist in Islam). In the context of that 
vision, belief in human dignity and the rights of man is thoroughly 
justified.

People who believe that they and their neighbor are made in the image of God 
will generally have a strong sense of their responsibility to act 
accordingly. Such people will be far from perfect, but they will at least 
realize that it is wrong to submit both to Islam’s warped image of God and 
to secularism’s degraded image of man.

In the end, the choice for the West is not between Islam and pluralistic 
secularism. A rootless secularism will almost certainly submit to Islam. The 
only real hope for the West is the recovery of the faith that once inspired 
Christians to build a beautiful church near Albert Park in West Didsbury, 
England.

5 comments:

  1. John wrote:
    As liberal secular humanists what are we willing to fight for? Are our values merely transient? Are secular values merely arbitrary? I know a bit of this guy’s background but he’s more than just a Paul Revere hollering ‘the Muslims are Coming, the Muslims are Coming!’ ~John

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    1. Thanks for sharing, John. Always interesting to read a perspective that is different from my own.

      I think the main thing that the author overlooked was that religious populations are dynamic and have been moving around the world since religion and trade began. Look at the Moors in Spain from the eighth century until about 1500. Somewhere, there is a cool graphic that shows the migration of religion around the world. I'll try to find it. So, the idea that another group coming, and they will change your home town or city may very well be true. I just don't think it will happen in the author's projected timeline.
      I'm not familiar with this author (will look him up too) but he sounds incredibly phobic of any idea outside of his own. The talk about girls going to see "soft porn" when going to pop star concerts was a bit over the top for me.
      One thing that he touched on, and I actually agree with, is that Muslim extremists are so dangerous because they believe they are doing important, good work. The work of their god. And people who believe such nonsense are more frightening to me than most. Just as Christians who dream of blowing up abortion clinics believe they are saving children. To me, that is what makes it so difficult to fight against the radicals. They truly believe they are doing what is right. But, I also think there are far less radicals than the author suggests.

      Cheers-

      Annie

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  2. Okay, the data doesn't line up tidily, but the figures still come out that
    Europe now has a 6% Muslim population, and by 2030 that will rise to an
    overwhelming 8%. Run away! Run away!

    Piss on William Kilpatrick and "Crisis Magazine - A Voice for the Faithful
    Catholic Laity" and on their false dichotomies - hell, their falsehoods in
    general.

    Pierce

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  3. John -

    Have you been taking drugs &/or watching False Noise lately?

    This is just another regurgitation of Islamophobe propaganda, including
    twisted statistics ("In several of Europe’s cities, the Muslim population
    now hovers around the thirty percent mark."). Meanwhile, in Realitystan,

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/jan/28/muslim-population-country-projection-2030


    Muslim populations around the world up to 2030

    Click heading to sort. Download this data

    Order

    Country

    2010: est Muslim pop

    % Muslim

    2030: proj Muslim pop

    Proj % Muslim

    % proj change, 2010-2030 (where pop more than 1,000)

    SOURCE: PEW FORUM ON RELIGION & PUBLIC LIFE

    135 Europe 44,138,000 6 58,209,000 8 32

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  4. It is relevant to pay attention to the sources of "data." As we well know, much information comes from dubious sources, and we don't know who is behind the data. In this case, a Catholic publication gave statistics regarding the growth in numbers of the Muslim population. "Crisis Magazine - A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity," may be worth reading, but I wouldn't put too much faith in their numbers...and, John, I appreciate your sending out this to read and think about...Martha

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