Roughly good observations. Except that I would place the amount of Arabic in Spanish at only 10%, not 20%. It would be lower in Portuguese.
A Peruvian Evangelical Mission is giving instruction on how to outreach to Muslims.
This why – inspite of our media scaremongering – I do not believe that Islam will get a hold in Latin America.
It may make some converts, but over time the Evangelicals will make more Christians out of Muslims than the Muslims will make Muslims out of Christians.
What is worrisome, however, is the increasing anti-Israel sentiment arising in Latin America. The Latins may not become Muslim, but they may become very hostile to Israel.
The reason for this is simple. The more traditional denominations in Latin America, the Catholic Church – and to a smaller extent, the Orthodox Church – have theologies where the Jews are written off for their rejection of Christ.
It is easier for anti-Semitism to prosper with those theologies, unlike Evangelical theologies where the Jews are still central to God’s design.
These traditional churches were magnificent in converting earlier generations of Muslim immigrants; but while they were effective at eradicating Islam, they made no effort to eradicate anti-Semitism. Hence, Arab and Iranian propaganda may not install Islam in South America; but it can instill an anti-Israel viewpoint that is vicious.
Not only Chile, but Brazil, and even Argentina to an extent, are also having a major Evangelical Revival.
You have a few thousand converts to Islam in Latin America. So what? You have millions of Latins converting to Evangelicalism.
If one were to put the Palestinians in South America, within two generations, most of them would be converted.
These Evangelicals tend to be very pro-Israel; and the Palestinian supporters in Chile are upset with the Evangelicals, especially since the Evangelicals outnumber all the Arabs – not just the Palestinians – three to one.
While Chile did grant recognition to Palestine, they put strong conditions on it.
I am sure that in the contest between Evangelicals and pro-Palestinians-Chileans, the Evangelicals will prevail.