A Belgian minister has said that Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe.
Koen Geens, the country’s justice minister, told the European Parliament, ‘In Europe, very shortly we’re soon going to have more practising Muslims than practising Christians.
‘That is not because there are too many Muslims, it is because Christian are generally less practising.
‘Europe does not realise this, but this is the reality.’
Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Jan Jambon, told a hearing by MEPs into the Brussels attacks that the ‘worst thing’ that Europe could do would be to ‘make an enemy of Islam’.
Instead, Jambon told the hearing that Europe should focus on getting Muslims on side – while targeting terrorists.
Jambon said, ‘I’ve said a thousand times, the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam. That is the very worst thing we could do.
‘We have 600,000 to 700,000 Muslims in Belgium and the overwhelming majority of those people share our values.
‘To make an enemy of all of those people, we really will be creating problems. We need to see who the terrorists are, who supports the terrorists, what networks are there to support them.
‘That is who we need to tackle and we need to get all of the rest of the Muslims on our side not working against us.’