Alex Massie

Score one for common sense instead...

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So I see this at The Corner:

British Future

"Muslims ‘to outnumber traditional churchgoers.’" Score one for Steyn.

Interesting (well, sort of) if true! But it turns out that the Telegraph story reports that:

The increasing influence of Islam on British culture is disclosed in research today that shows the number of Muslims worshipping at mosques in England and Wales will outstrip the numbers of Roman Catholics going to church in little more than a decade.

Projections to be published next month estimate that, if trends continue, the number of Catholic worshippers at Sunday Mass will fall to 679,000 by 2020.

By that time, statisticians predict, the number of Muslims praying in mosques on Fridays will have increased to 683,000.

The Christian Research figures also suggest that, over the same period, the number of Muslims at mosques will overtake Church of England members at Sunday services.

Alternatively, one minority religion will have more adherents than another minority religion. Or, if you prefer, Research reveals extent to which all religions are minority enthusiasms. But that would not have the same impact would it? Somehow, shockingly, the sky hasn't fallen yet and, more to the point, I doubt it will have by 2020 either. I dunno, clearly some people must be compelled to have more children while others, equally obviously, should be sterilised. Or something.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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