CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 17, 2017 — In 2008, Canadian commentator and author Mark Steyn published a book titled “America Alone” in which he made some predictions that would rank him as a modern day Nostradamus.
Much of Steyn’s premise was based upon the idea that Western populations, especially those in Europe, are not increasing enough to meet the demands required by their workforce. At the same time, Muslim families are increasing in size, thus creating greater numbers of Muslims which, over the next few decades, will engulf the Western world before we even know what hit us.
On top of this demographic problem is the fact the while Christianity and other religions are declining in Western countries as values become more secular, Muslim ideologies are intensifying thanks largely to the growing number of believers.
As Steyn sees it, Western Europe is already committing “demographic suicide.”
Case in point is Angela Merkel’s early initiatives to provide sanctuary in Germany for Muslim refugees fleeing Syria and other Middle Eastern hot spots. Merkel’s plan, presented as an act of human compassion, was in fact an effort to fill the manpower gap in Germany caused by decreasing population.
What Merkel and her European counterparts did not take into consideration was that these new immigrants might be more of a burden on individual societies and cultures than a boon to economic growth.
In general, the Germans failed to realize that Middle Easterners do not possess the same work ethic as their Western counterparts, nor are they willing to assimilate into the culture of their new country.
Steyn says that people believe this morphing of populations is a slow process, however it is occurring very quickly, and, worse, it is accelerating. While Muslim families have an average of 3.3 children, post-Christian secularist couples have only 1.3 children.
Given the vigor with which Muslims instill their religious beliefs in their offspring compared to Christian parents, it is easy to see that these numbers represent huge demographic and cultural changes in a very short time.
As Steyn points out, there are elementary schools in Antwerp, Belgium that already have a Muslim majority in their classrooms.
What may have been a prediction in 2008 is not a prediction today or even a trend. As Steyn notes “we’re looking at actual warm bodies sitting in the elementary classes now.”
“This is the biggest story of our time, and yet hardly anyone ever writes about it,” he says.
That observation is only partially true. There are plenty of people paying attention and warning the world of the potential for trouble, but those people are labeled as “Islamophobes” because politically correct elites continue to stick their heads in the sand while refusing to acknowledge the problem. The message is there, but it is not being heard by government leaders.
Steyn added, “This is the biggest demographic movement/transformation in history, and it’s about to accelerate.”
Steyn was right on target when, in “America Alone,” he wrote, “Christianity spread by acquiring believers and then land; Islam expanded by acquiring land and then believers.”
Steyn reminds us of the parasitic quality of Islam which is, today, being felt throughout Europe. “When admirers talk up Islam and the great innovations and rich culture of its heyday, they forget that even at its height Muslims were never more than a minority in the Muslim world, and they were in large part living off the energy of others.”
In Austria, the Vienna Institute of Demography has concluded that by mid-century, just slightly more than three decades from now, the “majority of [Austrians] under the age of 15 will be Muslim.”
It’s a stunning statistic when you consider that it wasn’t so very long ago when Austria was 90 percent Catholic.
Steyn has always been able to make his point by interjecting humor into his analysis. His views on Austria are especially poignant when he reminds us of the popular film “Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
The story focuses on the von Trapp family attempting to flee the country in 1938 rather than deal with a Nazi takeover.
As Steyn observes, by 2038, Austrians will no longer be singing “how do you solve a problem like Maria,” but will instead be wondering “how do you solve a problem like Sharia.”
Mark Steyn is dead on. Think about it.
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