Islam Fastest Growing Religion, Set to Outpace Christianity: Pew

Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide

“As the Muslim population increases in the U.S., Americans’ attitude toward Islam — and religion more generally — is shifting, particularly as political debates center on Muslim migration to Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and concerns about radical Islamic terror groups.”

 

Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide, and if current demographic trends continue to hold, Muslims will not only outnumber Christians by the end of this century, but are the only group projected to grow faster than the global population as a whole.

As of 2010, Muslims comprised approximately 25 percent of the world’s population and, largely because of high birth rates, will by the year 2050 comprise 10 percent of the European population. India is also expected to surpass Indonesia in having the largest Muslim population, and Muslims will outnumber Jews in the United States.

“Around the world, each Muslim woman has an average of 3.1 children, compared with 2.3 for all other groups combined,” according to the report.

As the Muslim population increases in the U.S., Americans’ attitude toward Islam — and religion more generally — is shifting, particularly as political debates center on Muslim migration to Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and concerns about radical Islamic terror groups.

In the U.S., according to Pew, “Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they are very concerned about extremism in the name of Islam around the world, 67 percent versus 40 percent, and in the U.S. 64 percent versus 30 percent. In addition, a December 2016 survey found that more Republicans than Democrats say Islam is likelier than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, 70 percent versus 26 percent of Democrats.”

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