Thursday, December 10, 2015

Research suggests Muslims to overtake number of Christians by the end of the century

Muslims to overtake number of Christians by the end of the century

Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world and will overtake the number of Christians by the end of the century, research suggests.

A collection of studies by the Pew Research Center also found they make up a growing share of the immigrant population in America every year.
In 2002, Muslims comprised 5 percent of the immigrants coming into the US, while in 2012 they made up 10 percent - the equivalent of 100,000 arriving every year.

Pew also found that Muslim immigrants prefer more government services and that 70 percent lean towards the Democrats, while just 11 percent identify with Republicans.

The statistics were released as worldwide condemnation of Donald Trump's wishes to stop all Muslims at the US borders grew.

Muslims currently make up less than 1 percent of the US adult population. Just less than two thirds (63 percent) are immigrants.

By 2050, Pew says 2.1 percent of the population will say they are Muslim, surpassing those who identify as Jewish.

A majority of the Muslims globally (62 percent) live in the Asia-Pacific region, including large populations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey.

Indonesia is currently the country with the world’s single largest Muslim population but Pew says that India will have that distinction by the year 2050, with more than 300million Muslims.

The Muslim population in Europe is growing, too, with researchers proposing 10 percent of all Europeans will be Muslims by 2050.

In 2011 survey, Pew found roughly half of Muslim Americans say their own religious leaders have not done enough to speak out against Islamic extremists.

They are also more likely than Muslims in many other nations to have many non-Muslim friends.

Only about half (48 percent) of U.S. Muslims say all or most of their close friends are also Muslims, compared with a global median of 95 percent in the 39 countries surveyed.

By all of these traditional measures, Muslims in the U.S. are about as religious as U.S. Christians, although they are less religious than Muslims in many other nations.

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