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STOKING FIRE: Islamophobia Trumps “Pro-Life” Ideology

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Annika Rydh

The following article does an excellent job at revealing the hypocrisy of self-professed “pro-life” advocates. One can only hope that some forced sterilization program is not stealthily enforced by a paranoid government fearful of its Muslim population.

STOKING FIRE: Islamophobia Trumps “Pro-Life” Ideology

by Eleanor J. Bader, RH Reality Check

Just three days into 2013, Annika Rydh, a Swedish government official from the town of Almhult, issued a shrill call to both her colleagues and neighbors. Worried about the perceived growth of the Muslim population in her homeland and beyond, she urged the European Union “to act by having some kind of restriction, like the one-child policy in China.” If Muslims don’t like the proposed rule, she continued, they can go back where they came from.

Rydh’s appeal comes on the heels of a decade-long campaign to curtail Muslim immigration into western countries and reduce the number of babies born to Muslim families. International in scope, the anti-Islam movement relies on scare tactics that, more often than not, imply that the Judeo-Christian traditions are in danger of being trampled by Sharia law.

Joseph D’Agostino of the virulently anti-abortion Population Research Institute makes the case: “Because Christians and Jews are refusing to have children, refusing to get married, and having such low birth rates, the Muslims are going to inherit the earth.”
His boss, PRI founder Steven W. Mosher, goes even farther: “Many security experts have long believed that excessive population growth in Muslim countries is a national security threat to the west.”

And not to be outdone, Daniel Pipes’ Mideast Forum rails that “indigenous Europeans are dying out. Sustaining a population requires each woman on average to bear 2.1 children; in the European Union the overall rate is one-third short, at 1.5 a woman and falling… To keep its working population even, the EU needs 1.6 million immigrants a year. Into the void are coming Islam and Muslims. As Christianity falters, Islam is robust, assertive, and ambitious.” Pipes then goes on to posit reasons for the diminishing birthrate amongst people of traditional European backgrounds, blaming “the education of women, abortion on demand, and adults too self-absorbed to have children” for the alleged Muslim takeover.

“Islamization will happen,” Pipes writes, “for Europeans find it too strenuous to have children, stop illegal immigration, or even diversify their sources of immigrants. Instead, they prefer to settle unhappily into civilized senility.”

Lest you think Pipes can be summarily dismissed as little more than a ranting crackpot—or as someone who has himself succumbed to “civilized senility”—beware. Pipes is now a Taube Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, has taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard, and has served as an advisor to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former President George W. Bush. What’s more, Pipes surrounds himself with fellow travelers including noted racist Pamela Geller and bloggers at sites including muslimpopulation.com, exposingliberallies.blogspot.com, FrontPageMagazine.com, and shariaunveiled.com.

And don’t forget the burgeoning population of anti-choice bedfellows. Surprising as it seems, a host of  anti-choicers have demonstrated a clear tilt toward population control when it comes to Muslims. Indeed, it seems apparent that, for them, racism and Islamophobia trump unbridled procreation for Mohammed’s adherents.

“The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within,” Flip Benham of Operation Save America reports. “Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22 percent of the world’s population. ..Muslims will exceed 50 percent of the world’s population by the end of the century.”

Similarly, Donald Spitz’ Army of God advocates violence against abortion providers as well as against “satanic Muslims” and anti-choice candidates Randall Terry of Operation Rescue and Gary Boisclair of the Society for Truth and Justice coupled ending legal abortion with limiting Muslim immigration in their unsuccessful 2012 bids for elected office.

Ibrahim Hooper, Press Secretary of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, attributes the increasing hysteria over the purported rise of Islam to an age-old trend to demonize anything or anyone perceived as different. “Whenever a minority is targeted by bigots, they start by saying that ‘they’ are going to take over the world. It’s always the same language, and the bigots simply insert the offending group—at different times it has been Muslims, Jews, and Hispanics. In each case the opposition assigns the disliked group far more power than they actually have. The scary thing is that the folks that promulgate this irrational fear and hatred operate in a bubble of unreality that can’t be penetrated with truth, logic, or facts.”

Ah, yes, facts. According to Doug Saunders, author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide, [Vintage, 2012] “the family size of Muslim immigrant groups are converging fast with those of average westerners—faster, it seems, than either Catholic or Jewish immigrants did in their time. Muslims in France and Germany are now having only 2.2 children per family, barely above the national average. And while Pakistanis in Britain have 3.5 children each, their British-born daughters have only 2.5.”

As for the United States, Saunders writes that there are presently 2.6 million Muslims living in the 50 states, and while this number is expected to increase to 6.2 million by 2030, the overall Muslim population will still comprise just 1.7 percent of the total. In other words, 17 years from today, Muslims will account for the same proportion of the American body politic as Jews and Episcopalians.

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  • sasboy

    The Swedes sterilized people in the 20′th century. I doubt they will make the same mistake again.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Ahhh. I see. Have you ever played skyrim? That has wizards and dragons in it as well. However it’s a videogame as you probably know.
    Pst. Did you know Muslims are taking over skyrim? I saw a guy called Nazeem and another called Nadir the other day!

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Well, I didn’t mean like that. LOL. For some reason, I’m getting an image of Muslim men running around impregnating women like some sort of bad video game. Unfortunately, I suspect that’s how the whole Eurabia crowd views it. I hate to spoil it for them but if we were trying to ‘take over’ the West we’re doing a pretty crappy job at it. We’re still under 1% of the total US population, and around 3-5% in the UK (depending on what sources you look at).

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Magic: the Gathering. It’s a fantasy card game. You know, wizards, dragons, all that. :-D

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Contest? With you ? No thanks I suspect you are a bloke :-)and any way
    My significant other says she has had enough of baby farming

    Sir David

  • Tanveer Khan

    Lol. What does M:tG stand for?

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    I wasn’t aware it was a contest. I shall have to redouble my efforts. :-D

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    I would watch that movie. :-D

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    All very true. However, its more complicated than you portray it. First and foremost, many of those countries are indeed secular, but they also face other problems. Corruption, poverty, even dictatorships in a couple of instances. These problems are, of course, not unique to Muslim majority countries by any stretch of the imagination. They are pretty common to ‘third world’ countries in general, whether we talk of Christian majority Mexico or Hindu majority India, and owe more to their recent history of being exploited (and excluded) by the Western European powers.

    Of course, the other issue is that it’s hard to get religious estimates. Nobody is born Muslim, but it does stand to reason that as we get better health care, education and work, birth rates in Muslim majority countries will decline. Muslim families in the West have generally transitioned into having only one or two kids. Why? Because its more efficient. In third world countries, kids are both source of income (in largely agricultural societies, your kids are the ones doing the farm work, especially as you get too old to do it) and security (again, who takes care of you? Not the government). Not to mention that many countries have abysmal infant mortality rates.

    This is, as I said before, not unique to Muslim majority countries. In fact, its probably more common in the tropical latitudes, which are both more agriculturally intensive and have much worse diseases. So yes, the stereotype of Latinos or Pacific Islanders having big families does have a basis in facts. But as you move to Westernized countries, you have to provide kids with an education, food, clothing, toys (increasingly expensive toys), day care and all kinds of other new fangled things. Having tons of kids becomes a burden. That’s why many American families moved towards the nuclear family model as our country moved away from agriculture and towards industry, then service jobs.

    And, of course, the other thing is that most Islamophobes aren’t going to pay attention to your statistics anyway. Despite their protests, many of them ARE racist, and they view Islam as inherently the religion of ‘brown people.’ They are so fixated on the Middle East and South Asia that they generally forget that there has been a long history of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Indonesia (the largest Muslim country, in fact)… If they are even aware that we were in those places in the first place. I have yet to see one Islamophobe ever mention, say, the Hui in China, the Cham in Vietnam, or the Tatars in Poland. All they ever do is rant about ‘Ay-rabs,’ or… well, less polite ethnic slurs involving head gear, camels and/or sand.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    This is very true too. Unfortunately, most of the Muslim majority countries are what would be called ‘third world,’ and for a variety of reasons. Islam never really took hold in Western Europe, which until VERY recently was not the liberal, religiously tolerant place the media likes to portray it as. Western Europe was Christian, and anyone else left, converted or died. In the centuries since the Enlightenment, there has not been an even playing field. Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh missionaries have not had the power to impose their religion upon Europe in the same way Europe was able to impose its religion in Latin America, the Pacific and much of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Even today, a small church in rural America can raise funds to send missionaries to some forgotten corner of the world; a mosque in Arabia or Hindu temple in India does not have that same ability.

    So Western European countries had an advantage, and were able to exploit many of our ancestors, just as they did many more non-Muslim countries. Arguably they had it worse, as entire civilizations in the Americas were wiped out by guns, smallpox and a slow but steady stream of assimilation. And the fact is, today, the so-called ‘third world’ is still excluded from international politics. Yes, China’s economy has been growing fast, as have India and Brazil, and South Korea is the 10th largest in the world. But this is all extremely recent, and they are not given the same respect European nations are. Hell, you think the US would let ANY other country set up military bases within our borders?

    So yeah, I can easily cite many Christian majority countries – Angola, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba, Russia, East Timor, Congo, Namibia, Kenya, Moldova, Peru, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, etc – that face the exact same problems that Muslim majority countries do.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Tap: Spend one Green mana to put a +1/+1 counter on any Muslim you control.

    Sorry… couldn’t resist. I’ve been playing more M:tG lately. And don’t worry if you don’t get the reference; it’s just something that came to me when I saw that moron describe us as ‘robust’ and ‘assertive.’ :-D

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Sorry could not get link to work but that might be due to my crap french internet provider
    I accept that STDs can cause serility and even death but am not clear if they have effects on the population level as a whole however distressing they can be for indeviduals .
    Sir David

  • mjasghar786
  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    I agree with most of what you say about the Birth rates of Immigrants . There is no evidence that populations when given a real choice go for large families . And by real choice I mean a good health system good education and a social sercurity system for old age.
    Not sure about the relevence of the comment about STDs on overall population levels .
    Sir David

  • mjasghar786

    Indeed indira ghandi had forced/ tricked sterilisation for the poor(ie low castes and Muslims)

  • mjasghar786

    Look at Christian countries at the same level of economic and political development – specifically India Sri Lanka and most of Eastern Europe
    You get the same or even worse – indeed often official backing of persecution of nonchrisitians or non Buddhists etc
    Remember all the fuss over East Timor yet there’s barely a fuss over Burmese attacks on Muslims
    Bvsg – Rwanda is a Christian country so shall we blame Christianity for those atrocities? Esp as nuns have been convicted of involvement

  • mjasghar786

    Lol dave
    Note a lot of this is American sneering at Europeans which Americans lap up as it plays to the whole American exceptionalism thing
    Btw I would respectfully point out the post above proves what I have repeatedly said here: the immigrants’ children have a birth rate closer to their fellow Brits as we can see from the past eg 1st gen Irish or Italians had large families now they tend to the national average
    A large part of the decreased fertility thing is later marraige and also this whole extended living together lifestyle – women use contraception in order to further their careers until they reach an age their fertility is a lot lower or they are used to spending all their money on themselves. A further part is that high levels of unprotected sex with multiple partners has lead to record levels of stds like chlamydia

  • Mr-Islam_Answers_back

    Yes, they speak of Muslims, but the language has clear racial overtones.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    As a european I object and disagree with the suggestion from Mr Pipes that I find sex too strenuous .
    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    And, as happens with all their kind, she is truly an advertisement for eugenics.

  • Reynardine

    Any state with the power to force people to have children also has the power to force them not to, and this is just how they use it.

  • mindy1

    I half expected to see her with a swastika and reading Mein Kampf :P where do they spawn those like her

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tighe-McCandless/100000513101987 Tighe McCandless

    ““Islamization will happen,” Pipes writes, “for Europeans find it too
    strenuous to have children, stop illegal immigration, or even diversify
    their sources of immigrants.”

    And this is why the claims of talking heads like Pipes that “Islamophobia isn’t about racism” falls flat on its ass. The majority of your immigrants are likely coming from Muslim nations that aren’t European – anyone have exact statistics on that, by the way? – I really truly have yet to hear them make the same hysterical cries that Serbs, Bosnians, etc. are going to rampage through the rest of Europe quite so much as folks who happen to be a shade of brown. Maybe some vague condemnation for being sellouts or whatever (especially Westerners who make their own personal choice to do so). Not to mention: if it was really, at the heart of the matter, European birthrates you were concerned about, according to your ideas that Muslim women produce more kids, shouldn’t you be cheering native conversions to Islam? That way, you’ll never have to worry about ‘democide’ ever again! At the rate Muslim women are apparently going, in a few generations, your ‘crisis’ is solved.

    When they reach this revelation, they could even make a documentary about it to rectify their past mistakes like “Obsession”: they could call it, “Eurabia, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Halal.”

  • Tanveer Khan

    I’m assuming Mr Pipe’s remark was meant as a stab at Islam but i quite like the sound of being a follower of a robust, assertive and ambitious religion.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    yet more evidence of dehumanising muslims . As muslims are not real humans the right to life does not apply seems to be the rational .

    Look who else is in the forced contraception game

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/30/forced-contraception-jewish-ethopian-women ;-)
    Sir David

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