Islam Grows As The West Sleeps: More Practicing Muslims Than Catholics In France
By PNW StaffMay 08, 2023
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For the first time in modern history, there are more practicing Muslims in France than practicing Catholics. This unprecedented civilizational change has been like a frog slowly boiling in hot water as most of the West has been both ignorant and apathetic, yet has profound significance for all of Europe.
The report from Insee, the French National Institute of Statistics, reports that between the ages of 18 and 59, one and a half million Catholics pray and 800,000 go to church while two million Muslims pray and 726,000 go to church on a regular basis.
Although the Catholic religion remains the largest declared religion--29% for French people--this figure is constantly falling. The Muslim religion, which is the second largest, has been on the rise for decades and now accounts for 10% of the total population (in most big cities it's 20 to 30 percent).
Demographics will play a huge part in the future of these numbers as 65 percent of practicing Catholics are over 50 years old. In contrast, 73 percent of practicing Muslims are under the age of 50. "Two Ifop studies contain precise elements on the religious practice of the under 34s (understood as Sunday mass or Friday mosque): only 16 percent of practicing Catholics belong to this age group against 48 percent of practicing Muslims. These percentages indicate that currently in France there is one young practicing Catholic for every three young practicing Muslims".
In 2019-2020, INSEE reported that 51% of the French born population aged 18 to 59 in metropolitan France said they had no religion. This number is increasing fastest among the young.
"Four important pieces of information have just arrived while France is looking elsewhere" writes Eric Zemmour, the man who had foreseen it and was not listened to, rather tried and demonized. "Immigration in France today represents 19 million people. For a country of 68 million people: that's colossal. Immigration is steadily increasing everywhere in France, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of the population. The number and proportion of Muslims are increasing, with an ever more marked orthodoxy".
Immigration rates will also play an important part in just how fast Islam takes over France. The influx of massive numbers of Muslim migrants has not decreased and the birth rates of Islamic families have remained steady with often 3 to 4 children being the norm. Meanwhile traditional French families are having so few babies they are not even making up the replacement rate.
Edouard de Lamaze, president of the Observatoire du patrimoine religieux in Paris, the most important organization that monitors the state of places of worship in the country, revealed that "although Catholic monuments are still ahead, a mosque is being erected every fortnight in France, while a Christian building is destroyed at the same rate.
In 1976 France had 150 mosques, 900 in 1985, 1,555 in 2001 and so on in a dramatic progression. Today, as Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal says, "there are 3,000 mosques". And at the end of the century there will be 10,000.
Le Monde reports that secularization is proceeding quickly only for Catholics. Muslim immigrants are not becoming "woke". The postmodernist virus has not corroded their minds. 91 percent of Muslims educated as Muslims remain so. They remain religious, even after two generations. The use of the veil for women is also increasing: from 18 to 29 percent of all women in France in just ten years.
There are an estimated 25,000 Salafists among France's ten million Muslims, "whose radical-fundamentalist creed dominates many of the predominantly Muslim housing projects at the edges of cities such as Paris, Nice or Lyon. Instead of assimilation and integration, these Islamic fundamentalists pursue religious segregation while their preachers are quick to call for wiping out the infidels who live down the street. France's director-general of intelligence, Patrick Calvar, has been clear about the rise of Salafists in France saying "confrontation is inevitable".
Pierre Brochand, former director of the French internal secret service, has said that "the critical point for France will be when Muslim immigrants cross the 50 percent threshold" but other analysts have warned France will irrevocably change long before that. As soon as Muslim political parties have enough voting power to change the country, they will do so. With much of traditional France fractured among many different party lines, Islamic parties remain primarily united. It won't be long before they have the political power to begin implementing many Islamist related ideals.
This demographic power was highlighted by late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, who said in 2006, "We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe--without swords, without guns, without conquest--will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades."