The decline of Christianity in America has been well publicized. 86% of Americans identified as Christians in 1990, compared to 71% today. There’s also been a rise in those identifying with “no religion” during the same time period.
But all religion isn’t on the decline. One in particular is on the rise, and its gaining market share at an alarming rate.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
At the moment, Pew believes that there’s approximately 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. Given the total U.S. population, this means that Muslims currently comprise 1 percent. But by 2050, Pew thinks that Muslims may surge to 8.1 million.
Part of the reason for that surge is due to Muslim immigration, Pew noted, since about 10 percent of all legal immigrants are Muslim. Another is because Muslim families tend to have far more children than the average, which is the case in Europe, as well.
Even before that, however, Islam itself is projected to become the second largest religion in the U.S. by 2040, which is a far greater increase than that expected among Jews and Hindus.
And no, it isn’t paranoid to be concerned about this:
While many Muslim advocacy organizations have blasted the fears as illegitimate, surveys conducted across Europe have found that 25 percent of Muslims believe that Islam can justify violence against civilians, and a Pew poll has shown that one in eight American Muslims think that suicide bombing can be legitimate. In France, Muslims comprise 8 percent of the population, but make up around 70 percent of the prison population.
Out of 600 American Muslims, 25 percent expressed agreement with the statement, “Violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad,” according to a 2015 poll produced for the Center for Security Policy.
These demographic shifts won’t be without consequence. A recent report by the Gatestone Institute has outlined the consequences of such a shift in Germany.
One thing can be said for sure: it’s a good thing Trump isn’t trying to run for President in 2040.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]