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An Islamic Holland? (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2005AD2000 August 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: opportunity for bishops to take control - Michael Gilchrsit
What the Church can teach the secular world - Archbishp Barry Hickey
News: The Church Around the World
Campus Life: Cardinal Pell's program for a Catholic culture at Sydney's universities - Stephen Lawrence
International poll underlines growing secularist challenge - Michael Gilchrist
Media: Our Lord's name: responding to media blasphemy - Andre Van Der Linden
Feminist translation: Inclusive language and the Trinity: the latest from Brisbane - Michael Apthorp
Benedict XVI's pontificate: the possibilities - Damian Thompson
London's Balham parish, 'an icon of liturgical hope' - Joanna Bogle
John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation
Anglican update: an orthodox fight-back - Fr Christopher Seton
Letters: Dissenter's manifesto (letter) - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Origins of the Bible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Lay-led liturgies (letters) - M.T. Kennedy
Letters: An Islamic Holland? (letter) - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Sacrifice (letter) - M.A. Ross
Letters: Abortion breast cancer link (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: Real Presence (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Small Catechisms available (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Stem cells (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Government review of RE in State Schools (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Brisbane Archbishop bans weekday Latin Mass (letter) - Tom King
Letters: The Mass (letter)
Letters: Appreciation from Nepal (letter)
Poetry: A Heavenly Surprise
Books: More Catholic Than the Pope, by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere - Fr Glen Tattersal FSSP (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: How we will overcome the shortage of priests - Fr John O'Neill PP

It has been estimated that by the year 2050, half of the 0-18 age group of the Dutch population will be Muslims. It is not unreasonable, then, to consider the possibility that by 2070 half of Holland's population, descendants of Turkish and Moroccan Muslim immigrants, will be followers of Islam.

In view of the demolition of churches and the erection of mosques all over the country, that must be a reasonable assumption. Also significant is the fact that many descendants marry Muslims from the two countries their parents and grandparents left behind, thereby consolidating and reinforcing the religious and cultural bonds with the Islamic world, rather than with the country that once was an integral part of Western Christendom.

The Dutch Government was the world's first to enact full legal marriage between couples of the same sex.

I wonder whether around 2070 the Netherlands, with a Muslim-majority Government, will be the first nation to revoke the same-sex marriage legislation that was introduced last April. After all, gay marriage is prohibited by Islam which considers every same-sex union "an atrocious and obscene act which belongs to unsound nature" - as one mufti put it.

HENK VERHOEVEN
Beacon Hill, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 7 (August 2005), p. 15

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