London’s negative trend: Closing churches, opening mosques

Islamic extremists have proven time and again that they do not need specialized tools or armaments to strike fear into the hearts of Western citizens. They just need to breed.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 3, 2017 — In 2003, a reporter in London made the bold statement that if the British people continued their secular path while ignoring the intense passion Muslims have for their religion, it would only be matter of time before London and other major cities in Europe would fall under the spell of Islam.

On Sunday, The Gatestone Institute reported that the number of new mosques in London in recent months is almost a mirror image of the number of Christian churches that have closed. Though the report did not mention the period of time measured by the survey, it did say that during that period, some 423 mosques had opened while 500 churches had locked their doors.

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The report stated emphatically that, “British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. The change is already taking place.”

Perhaps more disheartening is that the trend is the same in Europe’s other capitals and major cities.

In his 2006 book “America Alone,” conservative author and commentator Mark Steyn writes,

“‘Stability’ and ‘containment’ pose a challenge in the Muslim world. Whatever they loathe about their regimes, they don’t loathe Islam; in many cases, the mosques provide the only political space in those lands.

“So they breed with gusto, and thus every year we remain committed to ‘stability’ increases the Islamists’ principal advantage; ‘It is secularism itself which is part of the problem, not the solution, since secularism is precisely what we created that strengthens the religion—the vehicle for their political project—and multiplies the raw material.'”

The Gatestone Institute reinforced Steyn’s message: “London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together.”

The term “Londonistan” has become common in recent years, but Americans ignore it and dismiss the problem it represents; that problem exists far across the Atlantic.

Wole Sovinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, has no qualms, however, calling the UK “a cesspit for Islamists.”

In considering what has become known as “Islamophobia,” Steyn said more than a decade ago that “Islam is today’s identity of choice for the world’s disaffected.”

The Daily Mail published photos of a church and a mosque which stand almost side by side in the center of London. The Church of San Giorgio, with a capacity of 1,230 people, accommodated just 12 worshippers on Sunday for mass.

Nearby, the mosque on Brune Street Estate has space for only 100 people on the inside, which means worshippers either arrive early or spill into the streets in order to pray.

There have been several cases where Christian churches have sold their buildings to Islamic groups that have established mosques at the same site. But renovations to buildings also bring converts, and gradually the UK is losing its identity, as is much of Europe.

“Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism,” said London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan following the recent attack at the Westminster part of town.

Again, as Steyn prophesized correctly so many years ago

“Islamism is a twenty-first-century political project driven by seventh-century ideology.

“Christianity spread by acquiring believers and then land; Islam expanded by acquiring land and then believers.”

Today, Islamists have two strategies to achieve their singular goal of global control. One is terror by death and destruction and the other is economic terror. Both are effective and work hand-in-hand.

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Islamic extremists have proven time and again that they do not need specialized tools or armaments to strike fear into the hearts of Western citizens. All they need to do is continue their sporadic attacks in big cities and small while continuing to grow the faith. Before long they will be able to run over the West with sheer numbers.

If you don’t believe it, just remember Gatestone’s recent statistics.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.comHis goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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