Real Islam is NOT a benign religion, a moral equivalency. It is a real threat to what remains of the Christo-centric culture that has dominated and driven Western moral thought for these last several centuries. Now we seem Islam taking advantage of the moral confusion that has set in in the West – especially Europe. In PART V we’ll explore this phenomenon and examine how it could alter our future.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2Timothy 4:3-4)
All across Europe, the winds of change are blowing. The Europe that brought us the Renaissance and the Reformation is no more. In a continent where art and architecture and the culture and intellectual life of nations was once centered on God of the Bible, there is no faith. To paraphrase Lincoln: Europe has lost the better angels of its nature. This is manifesting itself in various ways. On the march to irrationality: Europe is leading the way. The Europe that was the cradle of Christianity is no more. Since the end of WWII, its population has shifted increasingly away from the traditional Christian beliefs that had served as the foundation stones of society. A Gallup poll taken for the Millennium revealed that church attendance was down to about 20% in Western Europe, and about 14% in the old Communist Bloc. That compares with about 47% in North America and 82% in West Africa.
Europe has become what must be called a Post-Christian society. Gone are its traditional historical values that for so long defined its soul. The Continent that saw the triumph of Luther and the Reformation and experienced waves of revival under Wesley, now sees the belated triumph of the godlessness of the French Revolution. Across much of the continent, Churches are empty. Surveys have put regular attendance in the range of 10% to 20% of the overall population on the Continent as a whole,[i] with less than 5% attending services in the U.K. on any given Sunday. But it gets worse. In France only about 17% of the population even express an “interest” in religion. In Britain the figure is 23%, Germany 24% and in staunchly Catholic Italy, only about half of the people believe religion is important. Concrete changes have followed belief. France has forbidden the wearing of religious symbols (including crosses) in schools. Socialist Spain has legalized same-sex marriage.[ii] In England mosque-goers outnumber those that attend services of the Anglican Church.[iii] In Britain, church attendance has dropped by almost a third just since 1980. But it’s not that Europeans are totally without spirituality. Islam is flourishing. There are over 54million Muslims now living on the Continent. Chicken or egg; loss of moral clarity follows depressed church attendance follows loss of moral clarity.
And more Europeans have now bought into the Eastern or New Age view. They see God as just an impersonal life-force rather than the Biblically held view of a personal Creator-God.[iv] As church attendance has gone down, belief in the existence of God among youth went up nearly 20% between 1981 and 1999. But they have fashioned a god of their own creation. The influence of Eastern forms of thought is creating a ‘cafeteria Christianity’, where elements of Buddhism and the New Age are combined with traditional Christian beliefs.[v] Portions of the Anglican Church have cooperated in this unholy synthesis, providing displays featuring, among other things, – Buddhist monks chanting the ‘sacred’ syllable “oooohm.” Ignoring Scripture; gay-friendly and militantly feminist Church’s and services abound. In Denmark, an atheist minister held on to his pulpit in the state-sponsored church. All of this has created a crazy atmosphere where the culture cannot or will not distinguish between right and wrong. So we see the following:
- Abortions For Treatable Birth Defects – In Britain, babies were being destroyed for such minor, treatable defects such as cleft pallets, club feet, web fingers or an extra digit.[vi]
- Compulsory Prostitution – German welfare legislation requires unemployed women under 55 to accept work in legalized brothels if offered.[vii]
- Campaign To Legalize Pedophilia – In the Netherlands, pedophiles are organizing their own political party to promote legalized child porn and the doing away with the age of consent.[viii]
Western culture, it can be argued is demonstrably failing. Yet the East is offering its solutions; – Not only the New Age and Eastern Religions, – but also Islam. Geert Wilders argues that Europe is even now in the “final stages of Islamization.” In an oft-published speech given in 2008 entitled America as the Last Man Standing, Wilders paints a picture of the reality of the new Europe.
“All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corner. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics.” This is a new Europe where thousands of mosques replace churches; where super-mosques are built to “dwarf every church in the region. Clearly the signal is: We rule!” Many cities in Europe are now at least one-quarter Muslim including Marseille, Amsterdam and Malmo. Gays are routinely beaten. “Non-Muslim women routinely hear ‘whore, whore’.” In many areas the Holocaust teaching the Holocaust is forbidden.[ix]
There is a deep seated danger in all of this. Political scientist Mark Alexander explains. “One of our greatest mistakes is to think of Islam as just another one of the world’s great religions. We shouldn’t. Islam is politics or it is nothing at all, but, of course, it is politics with a spiritual dimension, politics all wrapped up in a deity.”[x] Geert Wilders calls Islam a “political ideology.” Author of the best-selling The Triumph of the West, Oxford historian JM Roberts offers this. “Although we carelessly speak of Islam as a ‘religion’; that word carries many overtones of the special history of western Europe. The Muslim is primarily a member of a community, the follower of a certain way, an adherent to a system of law, rather than someone holding particular theological views.” Another Belgian professor describes Islam – not so much as a religion, but “primarily a legal system, a law.”[xi] This is exactly how many Muslim scholars describe things. Here are the words of the Pakistani scholar Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi from his work: Jihad In Islam. “Islam is not merely a religious creed or compund name for a few forms of worship, but a comprehensive system which envisages to annihilate all tyrannical and evil systems in the world and enforces its own programme of reform which it deems best for the well-being of mankind.” That destruction is determined for any person, place, thing or system that resides outside of Islam.[xii] Even more to the point he writes: “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam…. Islam requires the earth—not just a portion, but the whole planet.”[xiii] In Sura 8:39, the Koran itself says: “Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah’s.”[xiv] Geert Wilders quotes Professor Bernard Lewis who explains it this way. “The traditional Islamic division of the world into the House of Islam and the House of War, … has obvious parallels in the Communist view of world affairs. … The aggressive fanaticism of the believer is the same.” Wilders fleshes it out. After all: They both: “Use political purges to cleanse society, – tolerate only a single political party, – coerce people – turn the educational system into an apparatus for the purpose of universal indoctrination – lay down rules for art, for literature, for science and for religion – [And] – they are anti-Semitic.” But the biggest issue that Geert Wilders sees is the “inability of the West to see the danger.”[xv]
The real issue is that there is a seismic shift going on: Europe is becoming less European. Native European birth rates are plunging well below the level of maintaining population. Muslim immigrants with high birth rates are filling the gap. Old Europe is fast abdicating cultural control through demographic suicide. All of this of course has its inevitable effect. Daniel Pipes points out that the great national cultures of Europe are being replaced by a “transnational Muslim identity.”[xvi] This new culture is buttressed by a robust birth rate, continuing immigration, a strong Islamic subculture and a general sense of European apathy with regard to maintaining ties to its historic past. According to Amir Taheri, should current trends continue, in the not too distant future, a “new and expanded version of the old Roman Empire will have a total population of around 800 million of which some 250 million would be Muslims”.[xvii]
While ethnic Europeans have abdicated their cultural imperative, Islam has been careful to secure their own. One story giving the ‘smoking gun’ to the phenomena was first published on-line by Britain’s Daily Telegraph and then later removed for “legal reasons”. In that article the author, Dr. Sookhdeo said that within a decade parts of some English cities would effectively be under Sharia law. His reasoning is sound. The Islamic Council of Europe laid out a strategy for future dominance of the continent way back in 1980.
- Do not integrate with Westerners. Keep the Muslim community together and culturally pure.
- Concentrate in urban areas. Become a local majority. This would multiply power.
- Push for Sharia law. Make it “racist or Islamophobic” to oppose this cultural[xviii]
Some of the effects are much more practical and ominous. Synagogues are being burned and beatings are taking place as police sit on their hands. In France it has gotten so bad that there are actually areas that are unofficially off-limits to even the long arm of the French government. Gang rape by roving bands of Muslim youths has become common. In 2002, one girl was set on fire.[xix] Tony Blankley, writing in November of 2005 states; “Muslim parts of Paris, Rotterdam and other European cities are already labeled no-go zones for ethnic Europeans, including armed policemen,”[xx] They are living out the 1980 plan of the Islamic Council of Europe. But the problem is not just in France. In Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague, Muslims hold the majority among youths. In the Swedish city of Malm, police admit that violent gangs of Muslim immigrants control the city.[xxi] Groups of Arab immigrants engage in rapes and beatings of women dressed in western garb in Marseilles and other French cities.[xxii] All of this came to a head in the 2005 riots of French Muslims in which tens of thousands of vehicles were burned in violence that shook a large portion of urban France. Britain is hardly better. In Rotherham, a city of just 275,000, over 1,400 English girls have been raped in the period from 1997 to 2013. A government inquiry reported: “They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.” But it was all swept under the rug. Town Hall reports: “The primary reason was political correctness. It turns out that the perpetrators were all, or nearly all, of ‘Pakistani heritage’ and the girls were all, or nearly all, white.” Labor Party MP “Ann Cryer, complained to the police about ‘young Asian lads’ raping girls in her constituency. In her words, she ‘was shunned by elements of her party.’ …She didn’t even mention that the rapists were Pakistani, lest Muslims be blamed for this evil….And, for the record, her attempts to get local imams to intervene with the men failed; she was called a racist.”[xxiii]
The failure of Western governments and culture to even perceive, much less address the danger is breathtaking to say the least. We are complicit in arranging for our own demise. In Britain, a new order has manifested itself in the form of a large population, living in-country, – that could best be described as active or passive enemies of the state. The London bombings of 2005 and the foiled attempt to blow up a number of planes on the way to the US were symptomatic of the problem there. The United Kingdom is hardly united. With a population approaching 2 million, Muslims account for a significant minority, – and a concentrated minority at that. A radicalized community it is. Even after the London bus bombings 28% of 18 to 24 year old Muslims still believed that suicide attacks could in some cases be justified. Sixteen thousand said that they would be “willing to embrace violence to bring an end to ‘decadent and immoral’ Western societ.”[xxiv] In one borough, Oldham, (once served in Parliament by Winston Churchill himself), Pakistanis are “trying to create no-go areas for white people.”[xxv] And while traditional European culture is drifting rudderless down a river of apathy, the invading Islamic culture is a robust and dynamic presence. The result is a new political reality.
Europe is no longer Christian in outlook. In some ways it is no longer Western. And often it is acting against its own long-term self-interest. According to historian Bat Ye’or, Western Europe is evolving from an independent society to one that in many ways lives in servitude to the Arab/Muslim power. It is becoming something she calls Eurabia.[xxvi] How did this happen? It has chosen to do so. And in the process it invites its own demise. We in America are showing signs of quickly following down that path.
[i] James Gannon, Is God Dead In Europe, USA Today, January 15, 2006
[ii] Angus Reid, Religion on the Way Out in Europe, Global Monitor, November 12, 2006
[iii] In Anglicanism’s home, mosque-goers outnumber Anglican worshippers, World Magazine, January 28, 2004
[iv] Religion in the World at the End of the Millennium, Marita Carballo, Gallup of Argentina
[v] Jeff Chu, O Father Where Art Thou, Time Europe, June 16, 2003
[vi] Babies aborted for not being perfect, Daily Mail, May 26, 2006
[vii] Has Europe Gone Crazy?, AFA Journal, Agape Press, July 31, 2006
[viii] Has Europe Gone Crazy?, AFA Journal, Agape Press, July 31, 2006
[ix] Geert Wilders, Speech at the Hudson Institute: America as the Last Man Standing, September 25, 2008
[x] Mark Alexander, A New Dark Age Is Dawning, Word Press, November 28, 2005
[xi] Geert Wilders, Speech Geert Wilders Berlijn – Partij Voor de Vrijheid, viewed September 11, 2014
[xii] Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, Jihad in Islam, The Holy Koran Publishing House, 2006, pg 19
[xiii] Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, Jihad in Islam, The Holy Koran Publishing House, 2006, pg 6
[xv] Geert Wilders, Speech Geert Wilders Berlijn – Partij Voor de Vrijheid, viewed September 11, 2014
[xvi] Daniel Pipes, Muslim Europe, New York Sun, May 11, 2004
[xvii] Amir Taheri, The Empire 2003, National Review Online, January 6, 2003
[xviii] Fjordman, Beheading Nations, Brussels Journal, July 13, 2006
[xix] Fjordman, Beheading Nations, Brussels Journal, July 13, 2006
[xx] Islamist threat in France, Tony Blankley, Town Hall, November 9, 2005
[xxi] Muslims rule major Swedish city, Free Republic, September 9, 2004
[xxii] Principal Anti-Semitic Attacks in France Europe 1 January to 12 May 2002, Centre Simon Wiesenthal
[xxiii] Dennis Prager, 1,400 English Girls Raped by Multiculturalism, Town Hall, September 9, 2014
[xxiv] Daniel Pipes, The state of Islam in Britain, Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2006
[xxv] Fjordman, Beheading Nations, Brussels Journal, July 13, 2006
[xxvi] Bat Yeor makes that argument in her 2005 book, Eurabia- the Euro-Arab Axis.