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Created by John Eipper on 09/27/21 3:35 AM

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Will Europe Become Muslim, or Will Islam Become European? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/27/21 3:35 am)

Excellent post of José Ignacio Soler, 25 September, about the possible Islamization of Europe.

I fully agree that it is a real possibility, and I have already written about it. Various Muslim and Christian personalities have addressed this same topic:

1) Bernard Lewis in 1990 said that demography will create a Muslim Europe. The Muslim Arabs and Turks did not succeed with arms in the past but they will now succeed with immigration. The question is: will Europe become Islamic or will Islam will become European?

2) Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when commemorating the 1453 conquest of Constantinople, claimed, "Muslims are the future of Europe. Europe will be Muslim."

3) The late Cardenal Giacomo Biffi in 2005 said: "Either Europe will again become Christian or it will become Muslim."

4) Fifteen years ago when commemorating the birth of Muhammad, Gaddafi said, "We do not need swords or bombs to spread Islam, we already have 50 million in Europe and within 10 years Europe will be a Muslim continent."

We may go on.

There is no chance that Islam may become European as hypothesized by Bernard Lewis. It is submission to a God as seen by a caravan merchant in the Arabian desert 1400 years ago. It cannot accept the separation Church-State.

We, very stupidly, lost the chance to support the creation of a socialist/secular Islamic world with Nasser, Mossadeqh, Gaddafi, Saddam, Assad, etc. This would have been much less dangerous than at present.

When I lived in Mount Prospect, Illinois, near my house there was a Pakistani gentleman who was printing the Quran and many other Islamic books in an attempt to convince people to convert to Islam. We were friends and I have some of his books, but the poor fellow did not convert me.

I hope that Europe will wake up and realize the gravity of such a problem and will forget its silly "buonismo" (bleeding heart).

JE comments:  Why shouldn't the Muslim population of Europe become increasingly "European"--meaning, secularized?  It's a hot-button issue, but I hope we can further discuss this in a dispassionate way.  The secularization of Christian Europe is in itself a recent phenomenon--dating largely from after WWII.  Granted, (Christian) religious revivalism is taking hold in some Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Hungary, and Russia--but curiously, not in Estonia, Slovenia, or the Czech Republic.

Is there any doctrinal reason Islam cannot accept the separation of "Church" and State?

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