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The Conversion of Russia
— To Islam!

by Christopher A. Ferrara

In Moscow alone there are 1 million Muslims today. That’s nearly ten times the number of Russian-born Catholics in all of Russia. Muslims now comprise about 5% of the total Russian population, outnumbering Catholics by anywhere from 30-to-1 to 60-to-1, depending on which statistics you use.

The expansion of Islam in Russia since “the fall of communism” in 1991 has been assured by Russia’s 1997 law on “freedom of religion”, which enshrines Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and, of course, Russian Orthodoxy as “traditional religions” entitled to legal existence. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, must register its “pastoral points” (which the Vatican will not call parishes, lest the Orthodox be offended) each year, and no foreign-born Catholic priest may remain in Russia for more than three months without leaving the country to renew his visa. Needless to say, the Catholic Church won’t be sinking any roots in Russia under this regimen.

Meanwhile, Zenit.org, citing a BBC report, informs us that “Mayor Yury Luzhkov attended a service Monday at the city’s main mosque to mark Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice, and promised to help provide more facilities for Moscow’s million-strong Muslims.” The article goes on to observe that “because of their higher birthrate and increasing cultural and religious self-confidence [the] Muslims are likely to increase both in absolute numbers and in their proportion of the population.” On the other hand, the Catholic population can be expected to shrink proportionately in Russia, just as it has been shrinking proportionately throughout Europe since “the springtime of Vatican II” got underway.

Zenit notes that “In terms of political orientation, [Muslims] have tended to vote for the Communist Party, as the bastion of conservatism and regional elites …” For this reason, “Russia’s leaders may have decided the time has come to court the growing Muslim constituency before its loyal, Tatar leadership gives way to more militant trends that seek guidance from abroad.”

So, the Muslim population of Russia continues to grow apace, and Russia’s leaders are now courting the Muslims because they make good communists! Meanwhile, foreign-born Catholic priests — which means every priest in Russia except three! — are not even allowed to maintain permanent residence in that country. Yes, it does seem that the “conversion of Russia” is taking place, after all — a conversion to Islam, according to current trends.

In the virtual reality inhabited by the Fatima-revisionists, the good times just keep coming. But from the perspective of Fatima, the worst is yet to come.