I’m concerned about the Fear and Loathing “Muslim Demographics” video which has gone viral on YouTube over the last month. There are several copies out there, but it looks as though the original was posted by “Friendofmuslim”, a YouTube user based in Lebanon, who has received over 5 million views.
What concerns me is that the video uses false statistics and fear tactics to stir Christians into raising larger families and converting Muslims.
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We’re told, without any source, that the fertility rate in European countries is much lower than that needed to sustain a population, 2.11. Stats are provided: “France 1.8, England 1.6, Greece 1.3, Germany 1.3, Italy 1.2, Spain 1.1″. The fertility figures come straight out of “The Next Christendom”, a 2002 book by USA author Philip Jenkins. In reality the fertility rates in these countries are higher. According to indexmuni.com the Spanish fertility rate has climbed from 1.26 in 2003 to 1.3 in 2008. France has climbed from 1.85 in 2003 to 1.98 in 2008. What’s really disturbing is the suggestion that Muslims have 8.1 children per family in France. Can you really believe that! The same thing was being said about Catholics a generation ago.
The video claims that there are now more mosques than churches in France. This is a distortion of the statistic about new buildings. There are now more new mosques being built than new Catholic churches being built. That’s quite a different statistic.
It is claimed that 30 percent of people under 20 in France are Muslim. Where does this statistic come from? Certainly not from the French census, as the French do not ask people to identify themselves by religion. In 39 years France will be an Islamic Republic. That’s not taking into account social power and the strongly secular nature of the government there.
Now here’s one out of the hat. The video tells us that 50 percent of all newborns in the Netherlands are Muslim and that in only 15 years half the population will be Muslim. As Tiny Frog points out, there are approximately 1 million Muslims in the Netherlands, a nation of 16.6 million people. So Muslims make up about 6% of the total population. Yet, we’re supposed to believe 50% of the children born in the Netherlands are Muslim? The fertility rate in the Netherlands is 1.66 children per person. Mathematically, Muslims in the Netherlands would need to have 26 children to make up 50% of the births in the country.
Contrary to the claims of the video, the percentage of Muslims in Belgium is 6 percent, not 25 percent.
The video falsely attributes the claims that Germany will be a Muslim state by 2050 to the Germany Federal Statistics Office. This was an editorial comment from news service Deutsche Welle.