Gibson responded to criticism of "make more babies" remarks -- by invoking Europe's rising Muslim population

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Fox News' John Gibson responded to criticism of his remarks that advised his viewers to "[d]o your duty" and "[m]ake more babies." Gibson said: "My concern was simply that I didn't want America to become Europe, where the birth rate is so low the continent is fast being populated by immigrants, mainly from Muslim countries, whose birth rate is very high."

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On the May 16 edition of Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson responded to criticism of his May 11 comments that advised his viewers to "[d]o your duty" and "[m]ake more babies," just before citing a May 10 report that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities and claiming that the statistics meant* that half of all Americans could be Hispanic within 25 years, as Media Matters for America noted. During his May 16 "My Word" segment, Gibson claimed there are "[s]ome misunderstandings" regarding his May 11 comments, adding that he's "been accused of being a racist." Gibson explained: "My concern was simply that I didn't want America to become Europe, where the birth rate is so low the continent is fast being populated by immigrants, mainly from Muslim countries, whose birth rate is very high," adding, "I said ... it was also a good idea if people other than Hispanics also got busy and have more babies. Those people would include both blacks and whites. I suppose Asians, too."

Gibson later asserted that "50 years from now, Europe will be brown and Muslim, and America will be brown and Christian. I am fine with that, America, and I've said so many times. I'd rather live with the Christians here than live ... under Sharia law in Europe." He then concluded that "[t]he overall point here today is to say people are wrong if they say I am urging white people to have more babies because I'm afraid of more brown people and I'm a racist."

As Media Matters noted, The U.S. Census Bureau last released a population projection in March 2004, which found that, by the year 2030, Hispanics will account for roughly 20 percent of the total population in the United States. The Census report also projected that Hispanics will make up 24 percent of the nation's population by 2050. The two-year-old projection has not been updated to take into account the new data on the race and ethnicity of children under 5.

From the May 16 edition of Fox News' The Big Story with John Gibson:

GIBSON: Now time for "My Word."

Some misunderstandings about a recent "My Word." I've been accused of being a racist because I said something simple. It was a couple of days ago, and I said procreate not recreate. It was a thought or two about demographics, about the science of looking into population trends and making predictions.

My concern was simply that I didn't want America to become Europe, where the birth rate is so low the continent is fast being populated by immigrants, mainly from Muslim countries, whose birth rate is very high. That fact was coupled with a news item that said half of all babies in America under five are minorities and the majority of those are Hispanic.

I said, fine, but it was also a good idea if people other than Hispanics also got busy and had more babies. Those people would include both blacks and whites. I suppose Asians, too. I said you can't expect Hispanics to do all the work when it comes to supplying our country with babies.

Well, you would have thought I put on a sheet and a pointed cap and started riding around at night carrying torches. People called me a racist. And for what? For simply saying that we ought to be having more babies in this country, and that while Hispanics were doing their part, others should be doing more.

If you look at the demographic trends, as I have, you could conclude, as I have, that 50 years from now, Europe will be brown and Muslim, and America will be brown and Christian. I am fine with that, America, and I've said so many times. I'd rather live with the Christians here than live in -- under Sharia law in Europe. Of course, I won't be alive anyway, but I hope you get the point.

The overall point here today is to say people are wrong if they say I am urging white people to have more babies because I'm afraid of more brown people and I'm a racist. Couldn't be farther from the truth. Not that the truth matters when people want to lie about you for their own personal and vicious motives, which seems to happen a lot lately. That's "My Word."

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