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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 27, 2004

I can't share Mark Steyn's optimism in his current Spectator article (thanks to Otto-da-fe), but I think he makes a telling point in this paragraph:

A few weeks back I was strolling along the Boulevard de Maisonneuve in Montreal when I saw a Muslim woman across the street, all in black, covered head to toe, the full hejab. She was passing a condom boutique, its window filled with various revolting novelty prophylactics ... It was a perfect snapshot of the internal contradictions of multicultural diversity. In 30 years' time, either the Arab lady will still be there, or the condom store, but not both. Which would you bet on?

As population expert Nicholas Eberstadt is fond of saying, "the future belongs to the fertile."

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Apr. 28, 2004 9:15 AM ET USA

    I see a repetition of what has happened to Jews in the United States to Muslims: Many Jews became totally secular and a few Jews remain in isolated communities (the Hassidim) and there's a full spectrum in between. Europe is another case. The population pressure there will lead to an alliance of Islamists and secularists to suppress Christianity which we already are beginning to see, then the Islamists will turn on the secularists and panic will set in.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Apr. 28, 2004 8:29 AM ET USA

    "The future belongs to the fertile...", but only if the biologically fertile are evangelically fertile as well. The reason that Islam spreads is the radical devotion to its tenets. Once Christians were the same. Now we docilely accept public lashings, and we cower lest our beliefs seem non-inclusive. Worse, we've allowed secularists to infiltrate and take over our schools, all the while granting the state more latitude in shackling and gagging our faith and rights. It's not Islam -- it's us

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2004 4:54 PM ET USA

    This is quite correct! Make your visits to Europe early because eventually the continent will become part of a greater Islamic empire and the cathedrals will be converted to mosques. The transition is not going to be pretty.

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