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Claudia

Regarding your comments on the growth of Islam, I would like to quote from a recent article in our local alternative newspaper, The Hawaii Free Press:
There is actually a quiet worldwide exodus from Islam. In recent years, millions have freed themselves. Interviewed by al-Jazeera in 2006, Ahmad Al Qataani, leader of The Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya explained the decline: "Islam used to represent...Africa's main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa has diminished to 316 million, half of whom are Arabs in North Africa. So in the section of Africa that we are talking about, the non Arab section, the number of Muslims does not exceed 150 million people. When we realize that the entire population of Africa is one billion people, we see that the number of Muslims has diminished greatly from what it was in the beginning of the last century...In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity. These numbers are very large indeed..." Islam can point to little in the way of recent conversions. Its claim to be the world's fastest-growing religion stems mostly from the high birth rate in Islamic countries whose infant mortality rates have been cut by the introduction of western medicine. Christian growth is based on adult conversion, as leading Christian evangelist Wolfgang Simpson writes, "More Muslims have come to Christ in the last two decades than in all of history."
This is extremely good news that doesn't manage to reach mainstream media.

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