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Mr. de Winter also put the onus for change on Europeans, saying they must re-examine their priorities. He said Muslim immigration isn’t Europe’s biggest threat.

“It’s a crisis of European civilization, of our identity,” he said. “What is sacred in our lives? This is a crisis about values, ethics.”

Mr. Davis said Europe needs to rediscover its core beliefs.

“Europe has stopped believing in stuff because if you believe in stuff it’s dangerous,” he said. “If you believe in stuff, you might disagree with someone. … [America] is not as far down the slope as Europe, but we’re getting there.”

Phyllis Chesler, author and professor emeritus at City University of New York, said the embrace of secularism among Europeans is doing nothing to reverse the trend toward Islam. What’s more, she said, America’s role in educating people about the situation is falling short, that the radical professors who have taken over college campuses constantly side with Islam.

Panelists agreed the crisis in Europe has gone largely unnoticed by Americans. Talk of what Americans could do to help Europe get back on track rounded out the day’s discussion.

Hugh Hewitt, the host of a syndicated radio talk show, a law professor and a contributor to Townhall.com, said a variety of steps need to be taken. Among them, Americans should support nonprofits working to alleviate problems in Europe, and Christians should think of the continent as a place where missionary work is needed, he said.

“We are going to end up exactly where Europe is if we don’t defend what is sacred,” he said.