Islam in Australia: myths and common media positions part 4

Anthony Cox

I was listening to talk-back recently and the issue of relative population increase between Muslims and Non-Muslims was being discussed. This is an aspect of Islam which is rarely discussed by the political and media class.

In Australia the comparison is easily resolved by looking at Census data. In Australia in 1981 the Australian population was 14.927 million; in 1991 17.284 million and at the time of the 2011 Census 22.34 million.

The rate of increase in the Australian population between 1981 and 1991 was 16%. The rate of increase between 1991 and 2011 was 29%.

The Australian population of Muslims in 1981 was 76,792. In 1991 the Muslim population was 147,487 and in 2011, 476,291.

The rate of increase in the Muslim population in Australia between 1981 and 1991 was 92%. The rate of increase between 1991 and 2011 was 223%.

The fertility rate of Muslim women in Australia is considerably greater than women from other groups:

Clearly the rate of Muslim population increase in Australia greatly exceeds the rate of population increase in the non-Muslim population. The disparity in the respective rates means that if they continue Australia will have a predominantly Muslim population in a few decades.

Globally what is happening in Australia is also happening in other Western nations which have Muslim sub-populations. A video presentation shows how the higher rate of Muslim population compared to non-Muslim means that most Western nations in Europe will become Muslim dominant nations in, like Australia, a few decades. The US is similarly affected.

The facts in this video have been objected to by some parts of the media including the BBC, the English equivalent of the ABC. This alleged rebuttal of Islam being portrayed as the fasting growing population in the world today drew upon research by Pew, one of the premier population data collecting organisations in the world. But Pew’s own research confirms that Islam is the fastest growing group in the world. Pew concludes:

While the world’s population is projected to grow 35% in the coming decades, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 73%

This misrepresentation of Islamic demographics is a classic example of how the media and our political class misunderstand Islam.

If Islam is to change in a reformation recommended by Ayaan Hirsi Aly in her new book, Heretic, at the very minimum one of the 3 essential changes Islam must undergo is in respect of the role of women. The status in Islam of women is below men and as Muslim leaders preach women are for reproducing more Muslims.

The difficulty of changing the status of women in Islam is compounded by the conformity of women themselves to this paradigm which defines their status. I discuss this in part 1 of this series. Muslim women must be educated and given equal rights. Part of this process is to liberate them from the shackles of Islam most notably in the symbolic clothing they wear. The symbolic aspect of Islamic clothing is egregiously ignored by the political and media class who simplistically and erroneously confuse Islamic clothing worn by Muslim women as an expression of their rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. The clothing worn by Islamic women is literally a fertility totem.


All items in this series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Part 4