The Christian-Muslim clash of civilizations

The dominantly Christian nations currently have a net GDP almost four times greater than the predominantly Muslim nations, but the gap is closing fast.

If the current rates of increase continue, by sometime in the 2050s, Muslim nations will make up a larger share of the global economy than their Christian counterparts.  Economic power drives political and military power.

Of course, the threat is not only external.  It is also internal we are being undermined from within by the same forces that act from outside our borders.  There are valid reasons why those such as Geert Wilders and Pamela Geller are very concerned about the increasing Islamification of the West.

The three nations with the highest failed state indices are dominantly Muslim countries: Somalia (99.8 percent Muslim), Chad (55 percent), and Sudan (91 percent).  By contrast, all 13 of the nations ranked as “sustainable” (i.e., the lowest failed state indices) are dominantly Christian.  In fact, none of the 32 nations with the lowest failed state indices are predominantly Muslim all but a couple are Christian (Japan is dominantly unaffiliated and Singapore is generally Buddhist).

Looking at the press freedom index, the top 27 nations with the most free press systems are almost entirely Christian with an unaffiliated state or two (such as Japan and the Czech Republic) in the mix.  The first dominantly Muslim country (Mali) is ranked 28th.  The next Muslim nation would be Burkina Faso in 49th, followed by Guinea-Bissau in 67th.  Out of the top 66 nations with the most free presses, only two are Muslim-dominated essentially all the rest are Christian.

Four of the seven nations with the least free press systems are Muslim-dominated.  The other three are North Korea, Burma, and Eritrea.  The only one of these that is predominantly Christian is Eritrea, although it has a large Muslim population (37 percent versus 63 percent Christian).

In terms of the corruption perception index, the first dominantly Muslim country is ranked 19th.  The top 18 least corrupt nations are all Christian (once again, except unaffiliated Japan and Buddhist Singapore as well as unaffiliated Hong Kong).  Just two Muslim countries (the UAE is in 28th) are in the top 30.  Essentially all the rest are Christian.  At the other end of the spectrum, seven of the bottom eight most corrupt nations are dominantly Muslim.  None of these most corrupt countries are Christian (Burma is the eighth nation, and it is mostly Buddhist).

Using the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index, we find there are no Muslim full democracies.  None.  These nations are almost all Christian.  The top-ranked Muslim nation is only in 60th (Indonesia), and it is almost a hybrid regime (i.e., quasi-authoritarian state).  Other than Malaysia (71st) and Mali (79th), there are no other Muslim states ranked as flawed democracies.  All other Muslim nations are varying degrees of authoritarian regimes.  Three of the four least democratic nations are Muslim the other member is North Korea, not exactly illustrious company.

What we can clearly say is that Muslim economies are growing about three times faster than Christian economies, and that dominantly Muslim nations do not share the West’s culture of stable democratic institutions, a genuinely free press, and a relative lack of corruption.  These facts represent an existential threat for the West as we know it, and they should give real pause to those who believe in promoting economic growth in predominantly Muslim nations and encouraging the increasing Islamification of the West.

The dominantly Christian nations currently have a net GDP almost four times greater than the predominantly Muslim nations, but the gap is closing fast.

If the current rates of increase continue, by sometime in the 2050s, Muslim nations will make up a larger share of the global economy than their Christian counterparts.  Economic power drives political and military power.

Of course, the threat is not only external.  It is also internal we are being undermined from within by the same forces that act from outside our borders.  There are valid reasons why those such as Geert Wilders and Pamela Geller are very concerned about the increasing Islamification of the West.

The three nations with the highest failed state indices are dominantly Muslim countries: Somalia (99.8 percent Muslim), Chad (55 percent), and Sudan (91 percent).  By contrast, all 13 of the nations ranked as “sustainable” (i.e., the lowest failed state indices) are dominantly Christian.  In fact, none of the 32 nations with the lowest failed state indices are predominantly Muslim all but a couple are Christian (Japan is dominantly unaffiliated and Singapore is generally Buddhist).

Looking at the press freedom index, the top 27 nations with the most free press systems are almost entirely Christian with an unaffiliated state or two (such as Japan and the Czech Republic) in the mix.  The first dominantly Muslim country (Mali) is ranked 28th.  The next Muslim nation would be Burkina Faso in 49th, followed by Guinea-Bissau in 67th.  Out of the top 66 nations with the most free presses, only two are Muslim-dominated essentially all the rest are Christian.

Four of the seven nations with the least free press systems are Muslim-dominated.  The other three are North Korea, Burma, and Eritrea.  The only one of these that is predominantly Christian is Eritrea, although it has a large Muslim population (37 percent versus 63 percent Christian).

In terms of the corruption perception index, the first dominantly Muslim country is ranked 19th.  The top 18 least corrupt nations are all Christian (once again, except unaffiliated Japan and Buddhist Singapore as well as unaffiliated Hong Kong).  Just two Muslim countries (the UAE is in 28th) are in the top 30.  Essentially all the rest are Christian.  At the other end of the spectrum, seven of the bottom eight most corrupt nations are dominantly Muslim.  None of these most corrupt countries are Christian (Burma is the eighth nation, and it is mostly Buddhist).

Using the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index, we find there are no Muslim full democracies.  None.  These nations are almost all Christian.  The top-ranked Muslim nation is only in 60th (Indonesia), and it is almost a hybrid regime (i.e., quasi-authoritarian state).  Other than Malaysia (71st) and Mali (79th), there are no other Muslim states ranked as flawed democracies.  All other Muslim nations are varying degrees of authoritarian regimes.  Three of the four least democratic nations are Muslim the other member is North Korea, not exactly illustrious company.

What we can clearly say is that Muslim economies are growing about three times faster than Christian economies, and that dominantly Muslim nations do not share the West’s culture of stable democratic institutions, a genuinely free press, and a relative lack of corruption.  These facts represent an existential threat for the West as we know it, and they should give real pause to those who believe in promoting economic growth in predominantly Muslim nations and encouraging the increasing Islamification of the West.