Religion by the numbers

According to the Vatican, Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world. Figures recently compiled in the Vatican’s newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world’s population and Catholics 17.4 percent.

No word on whether or not the “Religion of Peace” was counting the 72 virgins each martyr of the faith receives for blowing up innocent people at weddings, schools, restaurants, on public buses and in shopping malls. Those inclusions could jack up the numbers considerably.

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6 Responses to Religion by the numbers

  1. Gary says:

    During my last rip to Europe, it was clear that Muslims will dominate the continent with the next few generations. We will have no allies in Western Europe. They are already cowering in the face of Islam in France, England, Spain and The Netherlands. Laws are being crafted to conform to their growing demands and schools are altering their curriculums to kowtow. Christians and Jews are prohibited from wearing jewelry depicting a cross or star of David.

  2. Alexander says:

    The Muslim birthrate far surpasses those of native Europeans. In many countries, Europeans are not even reaching replacement rate. This is a critical problem that far surpasses the travails negative impacts on the individual countries. Western democracy will be doomed. Gary writes “the next few generations.” I wish I was that optimistic.

  3. There is good news in one Muslim nation: Iran, whose population growth rate dropped from an all-time high of 3.2 percent in 1986 to just 1.2 percent in 2001, one of the fastest drops ever recorded. In reducing its population growth to 1.2 percent, a rate only slightly higher than that of the United States, Iran has emerged as a model for other countries that want to accelerate the shift to smaller families.

    In Iran, Muslim religious leaders have become involved with the campaign for smaller families, citing them as a social responsibility in their weekly sermons. They also have issued fatwas, religious edicts with the strength of court orders, that permit and encourage the use of all types of contraception, including permanent male and female sterilization–a first among Muslim countries. Birth control, including the provision of condoms, pills, and sterilization, is free.

    In May of 1993, the Iranian government passed a national family planning law that encouraged couples to have fewer children by restricting maternity leave benefits after three children. It also called for the Ministries of Education, of Culture and Higher Education, and of Health and Medical Education to incorporate information on population, family planning, and mother and child health care in curriculum materials. The Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance was told to allow the media to raise awareness of population issues and family planning programs, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting was entrusted with airing such information. Money saved on reduced maternity leave funds these educational programs.

    From 1986 to 2001, Iran’s total fertility–the average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime–plummeted from seven to less than three. The United Nations projects that by 2010 total fertility will drop to two, which is replacement-level fertility.

    Strong government support has facilitated Iran’s demographic transition. A comprehensive health network made up of mobile clinics and fifteen thousand “health houses” provides family planning and health services to four-fifths of Iran’s rural population. Almost all of these health care centers were established after 1990. Because family planning is integrated with primary health care, there is little stigma attached to modern contraceptives.

    To reduce population size in Muslim nations, Iran is a great model that proves that effective family planning works as well there as it does in the West.

  4. Vince says:

    Have you been to Europe lately, Mr. Grayson? Muslims are everywhere and the birthrate among the historic people of the various countries is dropping like a lead balloon. Additionally, there is a large exodus of Brits leaving their homeland due to this situation.

  5. Carrie Mason says:

    With the enlightened West killing off future generations with compassionate & tolerant abortion, what would you expect. The Muslims are not stupid. They will let the liberals abort Western Civilization down the Planned Parenthood Drain. Fifty million Americans have been aborted. How many Europeans? We have done it to ourselves and from within. Still the Abortion Organizations are blind to what they are doing and in the press there is nary a peep about the Muslims back-filling our aborted generations.

  6. venbreak says:

    In my country Holland, there a 1 million muslims on a population of almost 17 million. We the Europeans have fought the muslims for centuries. And now you point at us, saying we are surrendering to islam. You are as blind as he muslims. There is fast increasing ressistance against the muslims. We are not blind, but carefull.