By Bethany Stotts | March 20, 2008 Europeâs coming demographic crisis and rising Muslim immigrant population has sparked a variety of pessimistic predictions of Europeâs ultimate demise, predicting a time at which Europeâs burgeoning Muslim population will transform the continent into âEurabia.â George Weigel, author of Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action, contradicted this prediction, saying that he believes in a âmuddledâ outcome, with Sharia-dominated countries mixed among traditional European societies. âSome are going to make it and some are not. Itâs very difficult for me, for example...to imagine a future for the Netherlands and Belgium that is not dramatically different...thirty, forty, fifty years from now than it is today,â he said at a recent Ethics and Public Policy Center debate. Another speaker at the forum, Phillip Jenkins, remains skeptical of arguments predicated on a Muslim demographic surge, arguments which he asserts overlook Europeanâs nascent rediscovery of its own religious heritage. âAnd then you have people who are rather mainstream peopleâtraditionally would have been very secularâwho have reexplored the Christian roots,â said Jenkins. He said âThe likelihood is, certainly the way the trends are going at the moment, that [Muslim youth] are also going to decide in a few years that gee, theyâre just having so much fun to be bothered to have children.â Jenkins is the author of Godâs Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europeâs Religious Crisis and teaches History and Religious Studies at Penn State University. Weigel contradicted Jenkins, noting that âthese are not impersonal forces at work, and while it seems clearly the case that the acids of modernity as well as the pleasures of modernity have had a dramatic effect on some Islamic fertility rates, Muslim fertility rates, it clearly hasnât yet on others.â Weigel believes that Europeâs current fertility decline, appeasement of radical Muslims, and abrogation of religion stems from a âcrisis of civilizational morale.â âA crucial element of the European identity is religion,â he said quoting a speech by Pope Benedict XVI. Ongoing European âappeasement, leads, I think, to the denial of certain core Western political values including the equality of women legally and politically, free speech, and free press. In other words it leads to...âself-dhimmitude,â in which native European populations become dhimmi second-class citizens not by conquest but by preemptive acquiescence to what are assumed to be the non-negotiable demands of immigrant communities,â he said. Weigel similarly exhorted Europeans to admit that âmulticulturalism, ghettoization and tolerating enclaves of rule by Sharia offer no real answers to the challenges of large-scale immigration from the Arab Islamic worldâ in a recent Wall Street Journal Europe column. âA Europe worth respecting would relearn its own historic worth. And having done that, it would stop kowtowing to Islamist blackmail, which is bad for moderate Muslims and lethal for Europeâs future,â Weigel writes.