The issue of Muslim demographics is controversial and emotive to say the least. Millions of Christians have viewed the infamous video about Muslim demographics, currently listed on Youtube under the heading “Islam Will Take Over the World in Fifty Years.” This video purports to give viewers a true picture of Muslim population growth and projections. But it fails miserably in both.
While the video doesn’t explicitly say Islam is taking over the world, it does say Islam will be the world’s “dominant religion” in 5-7 years. But it makes other startling claims about Muslim population growth that jointly point to something like a Muslim tide threatening to destroy Western civilization. And the video makes all its claims in a sinister tone suggesting that a conspiracy of the worst order is afoot. Sadly, the video’s concluding call for world evangelization reveals it to be a Christian production. And it makes all its projections incognito, which only underscores the hideous nature of its propaganda.
We can thank the BBC for putting out the video “Muslim Demographics: The Truth” to correct the Christian video’s numerous distortions. Beyond its hideous fearmongering tone, it is to be sharply criticized for its abuse of both quotations and demographic data. What could be worse than putting together a package of exaggerations and misquotations, all in the name of truth, as the BBC has shown this video does? The BBC’s response concludes with this vital caution:
Due to the challenging nature of population projection, reasonable predictions can only be made if we “find the most accurate data available and then treat that data with very great care.”
The Christian video, alas, begins with inaccurate data, which it then treats it cavalierly.
Another BBC production, “Islam: The World’s Fastest Growing Religion,” presents other facts and projections on Muslim demographics. UN figures demonstrate that Islam is now the world’s fastest growing religion, due to its younger population and higher birth rates. According to the PEW Forum, Islam will be the world’s largest religion by the year 2070 if current trends continue. More immediately, Muslims and Christians are together projected to make up over 60% of the world’s population by 2050, just 32 years from now. That should inspire us to think well about the kind of world we Christians and Muslims want to share.
If we aim to live by the Golden Rule, we’ll take care to represent the other side both fairly and accurately.
Some will undoubtedly fault the BBC for presenting only the positive side of Muslim demographics and never looking beyond. I admit there’s justification for their complaint. But that must be the topic of another post.