Religious baby boom primed to send shock waves through secular world
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If you read the stats below then it’s a bit concerning. The only reason that Africa’s population is now 4 times that of Europe is because the bleeding hearts and the UN/IMF have thrown our money at their starvation problem. We have allowed their numbers to multiply on our dime….And now they seek to invade the enabler countries. As for the Muslim issue – if we don’t toughen up and start kicking them out then we’ll have no one but ourselves to blame when our women are in tents and the men bowing on the floor…
WE know about the ageing of developed countries and the number of people on the move, but the figures can still startle.
In 1900, the West, including Russia and eastern Europe, accounted for 35 per cent of the world’s population; today it accounts for 17 per cent, and that number is expected to fall to about 10 per cent by 2050.
In 1959, Europe had 2.5 times the population of Africa. By 2050, according to UN estimates, Africa will have more than four times Europe’s population and almost 40 per cent of Europeans will be over 60.
Between 2000 and 2005, 17 million people moved from developing to developed countries.
According to Eric Kaufmann, reader in politics at Birkbeck College, London, and author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, the kicker is that these changes don’t just indicate rational adjustment to economic opportunity, humans as work units being shuffled around by the invisible hand of capitalism. They presage a deep cultural shift: a coming eclipse of the secular, the scientific and the religiously moderate by the militantly devout.
His thesis cuts across anxiety-inducing clash of civilisations theory argued by conservatives. Indeed, he tabulates the high birthrates of Christian fundamentalists, such as the Amish and the Mormons, in the US and Orthodox Jews, the Haredim, in Israel. And while Muslim migration to Europe has grabbed headlines, Kaufmann shows that rising numbers of religious through migration there include Christians. In London, 60 per cent of churchgoers are non-white.
He also points out historical ironies, beyond the notion of colonial chickens coming home to roost. The US was built by Protestants, for example, largely in flight from Catholic hegemony, and Protestants made up almost 98 per cent of whites in the early days of European settlement; by 2050, thanks to Hispanic migration, Catholics will be in the majority.
What’s more, despite being famous for its religiosity, the US is experiencing a falling away of belief among young whites, a fall that could eventually bring them into line with white Europeans. Meanwhile in The Netherlands, famous for its broadmindedness, the orthodox Calvinist population is the youngest and fastest growing.
Despite Kaufmann’s impeccable liberal credentials, it’s blindingly clear from his argument that the faultline of the future will be between Muslims, who are becoming more numerous and more religious, and the rest, who are dying off.
Muslim migration to the West is filling demographic needs but also brings a new (or, rather, ancient) set of morals and mores.
“The combination of multicultural toleration with the demographic conundrum we’re in doesn’t necessarily bode that well.”