This is “the” culture war.
The higher the proportion of Muslims in a nation, the more dangerous it becomes. So when the West murders it’s children by abortion and slams its population return rate below the 2.1 children per family required to sustain the population, something practically all western nations have achieved, we are signing the death certificate of our own culture.
Two articles reinforce the direction the world is heading regarding this serious matter.
Firstly, Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates makes the point clear that it is developed nations which are in trouble here. Note that Islamic nations aren’t mention here in connection with population troubles or with the reality of being “developed.”
In developed countries today many women receive educations and earn salaries that are on a par with those of men. The fact that women are no longer socially or economically dependent on men has radically altered young people’s lifestyles. A woman can now choose to remain single, marrying only when a man adds value to her life or when she desires to have children within such a framework.
This is creating big changes throughout the developed world. The replacement rate—the reproduction rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the replacement rate—with Hispanic immigrants leading in birth rates. The U.S. is aging but not as fast as many other countries. A 2010 census showed that 31.4 million Americans live alone—27% of all households (equal to the percentage of childless couples). Living alone allows people to pursue individual freedom, exert personal control and go through self-realization, but these people have fewer children.
Western European countries have low fertility rates, below the replacement rate of 2.1. Germany: 1.4 (its total population is 81.9 million, of which 8.2% are foreigners). Holland: 1.8
(16.5 million, of which 4.4% are foreigners). Belgium: 1.8 (10.8 million, of which 9.8% are foreigners). Spain: 1.4 (46.1 million, of which 12.4% are foreigners). Italy: 1.4 (60.2 million, of which 7.1% are foreigners), the Pope’s views notwithstanding. Sweden, which provides deep support for parents, has a high TFR of 1.9 (9.4 million, of which 6.4% are foreigners), but that’s still below the replacement rate. Ireland and the U.K. also have high TFRs, at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively, but these rates are derived from non-European immigrant parents.
During the 21st century the U.S. could become the slowly aging leader of a rapidly aging world.
Singapore’s experience is no different from that of these countries. Our birth rates have been steadily declining. The fertility rate of the Chinese segment of our population is the lowest, 1.08 (2011), with the rate for Indians 1.09 and for Malays 1.64. In other words, the size of each successive generation of Chinese Singaporeans will halve in the next 18 to 20 years.
To have babies is, of course, a personal decision, but for a nation’s population that decision carries considerable consequences. The education of our women and their ability to be high-income earners have altered social behavior and led to marriages later in life. But when women put off having children until their mid-30s, they have fewer children.
In Singapore in 2011 seven working adults supported one retiree. By 2030, 2.3 working adults will have to support one retiree. We have more than 340,000 people over the age of 65, with 2.36 million people between the ages of 15 and 64. By 2030 we will have 900,000 over the age of 65, with only 2.04 million working adults between the ages of 15 and 64.
Islamic Population Explodes while West’s Implodes raises perhaps the most concerning issue: that Islam’s population will proportionally grow significantly in comparison to the West unless something changes quickly.
For years we’ve hearing about a coming population crash in developed Western nations – mainly Europe. Births are simply not keeping pace with death rates.
In Germany, “births per 1,000 population have fallen to roughly 8.2 – below even Japan’s 8.4. The death rate, meanwhile, is about 11 per 1,000,” according to Hamburg’s World Economy Institute. Many other European countries appear also to be in the same boat, with dwindling birth rates not keeping pace with deaths.
In June it was estimated that the German population in 2060 will shrink to 67 million – down from its current 81 million.
Journalist Daniel Greenfield writes that a big part of the declines are due to the left’s assault on both marriage and the traditional nuclear family. He says, “Marriage is a fading institution. Family is a flickering light in the evening of the West.”
This should be great news to the population bomb crowd which believes over population is killing Mother Earth. This despite the fact that if everyone stood shoulder to shoulder, we could all fit on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and that’s not even the big island!
But this is indeed a growing problem for the West, America included, for as our native “cracker” population dwindles it is being replaced by refugees and immigrants – legal and illegal. And at the same time we are on this self-imposed obsolescent kick, the worldwide Muslim population is exploding.
And that brings us to Iran — the centerpiece of the Axis of Evil, and our new found friend and ally. That’s an interesting juxtaposition, is it not?
In 2012, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni decreed that his country would double its population within 50 years or less. Their current population is 78 million. The goal is to “strengthen national identity” and counter “undesirable aspects of Western lifestyle.”
To do so, Iran’s parliament has offered up a bill which “bans voluntary sterilizations, restricts abortions and blocks access to information on contraception,” and a second bill will “encourage early marriage and make divorce more difficult. It would also make it legal for employers to discriminate against female job candidates, particularly if they are single and have no children.”
Many Iranian couples in their 20s and 30s are childless. One such married couple is Shirin and Hossein, who claim they know almost nobody with children. Shirin says that part of the problem is the authoritarian theocratic state, but the other is the “struggle to find a livelihood in a country where sanctions, mismanagement and corruption have inflicted terrible damage.”
But wait Shirin, John Kerry to the rescue! Sure, he won’t do anything about those pesky theocrats, but he’ll gladly free up $150 billion of sanctioned money.
Maybe that extra cash will help grow your economy, make it easier to earn a living and have kids. But no matter — if the Ayatollah says you’re going to procreate — that’s what you’ll do. That’s what all Muslim countries are doing.
So couple the explosion of Third World immigrant populations with the ever dwindling of European and American and pretty soon you have a shift in culture leading to the evaporation of what it means to be French, German, Spanish, etc.
And eventually it will be “Bye-Bye Miss American Pie.”
In some ways, our culture certainly deserves to die but I certainly don’t want it to, especially in the face of Islam.
God is the same today as he has always been and so our hope can be in this promise, even though it was given to King Solomon of Israel:
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 ESV