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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.

Written by Eleanor J. Bader for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

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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Comment Preferences

  •  I pro-choice and I think that (0+ / 0-)

    radical islamists (as opposed to moderates) should be denied visa entry to the west.

  •  I don't see where the forced birthers (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Smoh

    are supporting population control.  The woman in the beginning may be right wing but I bet she doesn't support abortion restrictions.

    The other people are forced birth supporters and anti-islam, but they didn't support population control measures.

    •  they want a breeding war (3+ / 0-)
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      AoT, JDsg, Progressif

      People like this think that White Christians need to have lots more babies, while fecund Muslims should be barred from immigrating and those already present should get thrown out for failure to assimilate and/or self-deport in the face of hostility.

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:09:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well the Standard of Living Now is Far Highr Than (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, ballerina X, Ahianne

    it was when the big waves of Catholic and Jewish immigrants came a century and more ago. That would go a long way toward motivating Islamic immigrants to rapidly reduce family sizes. That plus the widespread access and approval of birth control.

    Of course the real threat from Muslims is the tsunami of Sharia law flooding across the country as fast as Obama can round up the guns.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:36:19 PM PST

  •  I have spoken to people who want mandatory (4+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, JDsg, too many people, Ahianne

    birth control shots for people on welfare, immigrants who are Muslim or who don't speak English.

    I am very grateful I left that area of the country. Despite them being "pro life" it seems they are only that way for whites.

    There is a hard core racist contingent in this country that is getting more outspoken and they should not be ignored.

    This Space For Rent.

    by Rogneid on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:37:17 PM PST

  •  I know it's not the point of the the article, but: (2+ / 0-)
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    JDsg, too many people

    "Because Christians and Jews are refusing to have children"

    Thanks, Mr. D'Agostino, for the knife in the gut. I didn't refuse to have children, I was born unable to.

    The Islamaphobia is outrageous. We are ALL part of ONE family the HUMAN family.

                            Grrrrrr,
                            Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:06:52 PM PST

    •  What does one have to do with the other? (0+ / 0-)

      Isn't your condition true across ethnicities?

      •  I was responding to two separate points (0+ / 0-)

        in the article:  His comment that Christians and Jews are refusing to have children, and his Islamaphobic  comments.

                           Just trying to clear that up,
                                 Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:11:38 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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