‘Do you know what the fastest growing religion
So what about other religious groups?
did they fare according to the
Well, the following are some of the growth rates for major religious organizations from the year 2000 to the year 2010....
Evangelical Protestants: +1.7% (far behind the overall rate of population growth)
Mainline Protestants: -12.8% (an astounding decline)
But it was Islam that experienced the most explosive growth.
to Ihsan Bagby, a professor
of Islamic Studies at the
According to this new census, there are now 2,106.
And these mega-mosques are not going unused. In some areas of the country, Islamic communities are experiencing absolutely explosive growth.
The following example comes from a recent USA Today article....
Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, saw growth explode by a whopping 473 percent in and around Orlando's Orange County, according to the RCMS study, and he thinks the growth is actually double the 10,000 new Muslims reported by the study.
said Muslim growth has been fueled by a wave of post-9/11 converts,
American-born children of immigrants having kids of their own, and jobs in the
booming medical industry. In central
of this growth is being fueled by immigration. A survey conducted by the
rapid influx of Muslims is reshaping communities all over
And all over the country many school districts are now changing their school calendars to observe Islamic holidays.
In Dearborn, Mich., where schools are closed on both the day before and the day of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the predominantly-Muslim football team has switched its two-a-day summer practice schedule to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. during Ramadan, so that Muslim players -- who fast while the sun is up – won't be forced to practice in the heat without drinking water.
move received little backlash in
is located just outside of Detroit, and it contains
one of the densest Arab communities outside of the
Islam is not the only non-Christian religion that is growing rapidly in
Meanwhile, as I have written about previously, the decline of Christianity in America is accelerating.
Back in 1990, one survey found that 86 percent of all Americans identified themselves as "Christian" of one sort or another.
By 2008, only 76 percent of all Americans identified themselves as "Christian" of one sort or another.
atheism and the "not religious" are experiencing huge gains in
numbers. For example, the
many of those that still apply the label of "Christian" to themselves
are not very committed. The latest
It is becoming less religious and it is becoming less Christian.
What is your opinion about all of this?
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