Christianity in Germany, and indeed in all of Europe, is dying.
There are about 47 million Catholics and Protestants combined in Germany, representing roughly 60 percent of the German population, but that number is falling by 500,000 a year through deaths alone, according to the Gatestone Institute.
All across Germany, churches now sit mostly empty on Sunday mornings, and it’s a problem for Catholics and Protestants alike.
In the year 2016 alone, the German Catholic Church lost 162,093 faithful attendees and closed 537 parishes, according to data from the German Bishops’ Conference. One-quarter of all German Catholic communities that existed in 1996 have now closed.
Similarly, in 2016, 340,000 German Protestants died while 190,000 people left the church. Only 25,000 people joined the church.
Among all German Christians, there were about 1.4 million more deaths than births between 2010 and 2015. In all of Europe, there were almost 6 million more Christian deaths than births in that time period.
According to the German publication Die Welt, Christians will become a minority in Germany by 2033.
Fewer Catholics in Germany has also meant fewer priests.
While Christianity is dying in Germany, Islam is on the rise. Historian Walter Laqueur wrote that Germany had about 700 “little mosques and prayer rooms” in the 1980s but “more than 2,500 at the present time” – and that was in 2009.
Today, Turkey controls 900 mosques or religious communities in Germany. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is committed to building more mosques in European capitals, just as he has built 17,000 Islamic prayer sites in Turkey since taking power.
The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs recently opened a large new mosque in Cologne, Germany, with a 1,200-person capacity and the tallest minaret in Europe.
Erdogan views mosque construction as a form of Islamic imperialism. He once stated, “Our minarets are our bayonets, our domes are our helmets, our mosques are our barracks.”
But Erdogan’s Turkey is not the only Islamic regime set on planting Islamic communities in Europe.
In 2015, at the height of the European refugee crisis, Saudi Arabia offered to build 200 mosques in Germany for the “spiritual needs” of the Muslim refugees. Many Germans viewed the offer as cynical because Saudi Arabia refused to take in any refugees itself.
Muslims are quickly replacing the native-born populations of Germany and other Western European countries. Western women only have about 1.4 to 1.9 children per woman, while Muslims give birth to three to seven children per woman. It leads to a dangerous demographic forecast.
“If current migration trends continue, it is not far-fetched to conclude that Germany, Belgium and France, which is already 10 percent Muslim, could approach a majority Muslim population within seventy-five years,”