Mona Charen

 The minimum birthrate necessary to keep a society going is 2.1 children per woman. Europe's birthrate is 1.5 and falling. The immigrants who are taking the place of Germans, Italians, French and others are largely Muslim. In contrast to the irreligious native Europeans, Muslim immigrants are passionate about their faith and highly fertile. It is estimated that in England, Muslim worshippers at mosques already outnumber congregants of the Church of England every weekend.

 About 5 percent of the European Union is now Muslim, and historian Bernard Lewis told a German newspaper that Europe would be majority Islamic by the end of this century "at the latest." At present, more than 15 percent of the 16-24 age group in France is Muslim. In Brussels, one quarter of those under the age of 25 is Muslim. Muslims also account for 25 percent of the population of Marseille, and 20 percent of the population of Malmo, Sweden. Immigration, both legal and illegal, from Islamic countries continues. As Timothy Savage has noted in The Washington Quarterly, the United Nations estimates that Europe's native population will decline by 100 million or more in the next 50 years. The Muslim minority in Europe is quite fecund, however, and will double in size by 2015.

 Yet while some Europeans are dismayed by these trends, something (political correctness?) prevents them from even discussing the subject. Civilizations don't just disappear, they are overtaken by others who are hungrier, more aggressive and more energetic.

 Has Europe lost its elan vital, its life force? Is it, as the poet Yeats wrote in 1921, that "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"? Is it possible that Europe can summon the energy to hate the United States, but not to ensure its own survival as a Christian civilization?

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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