[anzac] 1000's OF BRITS CONVERT to ISLAM

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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:53:05 +1000
-by Paul Williams.

A study by of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea
University shows that thousands of Britons are converting to Islam
every year – with more women becoming Muslims than men.

The research suggests that the numbers converting to the religion
has doubled by 2010 from the 60,669 converts in 2001. The average
age of the Muslim converts is 27.5...

A detailed study by Swansea University for inter-faith think-tank
Faith Matters, suggests that despite an often negative portrayal of
Islam in the media, more people are adopting the religion each year.

Kevin Brice, the director of the study, says that 56% of converts
to Islam were white British, with 62% being female.

Presently, according to the London Times, the Islamic population
of Great Britain exceeds 2.4 million.

The Daily Mail contends that more than 25% of the British Muslims
visit a mosque at least once a week.

By contrast, Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle,
maintains that less than 1% of the 18 million Christians who belong
to the Church of England attend Sunday services. “At this rate,” the
Bishop speculates, “it is hard to see the church surviving for more
than 30 years though few of its leaders are prepared to face that possibility.

“If decline continues,” the Bishop adds, “Christian Research has
estimated that church closures will accelerate from their present
rate of 30 a year to 200 a year as dwindling congregations make
the cost of keeping them open too great.”

While 30 Anglican parishes close every year, seventy new mosques
sprout up throughout the United Kingdom.

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