They were hardly major items of news, but they illustrate a disturbing trend, with profound implications for the United States and other western nations.
I’m referring to the Administration’s decision two days ago that federal prisons will no longer serve prisoners pork or pork products. Apparently, prisoners have been complaining when they are offered pork.
The same day this announcement was made I got into a conversation with a small group of policemen in a restaurant in Indianapolis. I hastily add our conversation was not prompted by any act on my part! I had commented on how the best place to find policemen in Michigan was at Dunkin Donuts or some comparable fast food outlet; yet, here in Indianapolis, they were at Chick Fil A, which offers a healthier alternative. One policeman responded with a comment about “the other white meat,” which led to the conversation on the pork decision announced earlier that day.
This particular policeman said it’s because so many people in prison are converting to Islam.
Now, I’m not a pork eater myself so, on one level, I support the decision. However, there is a troubling aspect to this decision, a decision that comes just a few weeks after another executive decision to change the wording of the “Oath of Allegiance” that immigrants must repeat before being granted citizenship. Under the old wording, new citizens had to promise to be ready to take up arms in defense of the country should it become necessary. The change, introduced late in July, no longer requires them to pledge to do so.
It’s now been changed to accommodate Muslim sensitivities. And that goes for the prison decision also.
A further example of this trend is that city councils have allowed muezzins to call people to prayer. The Muslim muezzin historically has woken people up early with a loud call to prayer. With a modern microphone it’s easy to wake up the whole neighborhood, Christian, Muslim or Jewish, whether they appreciate it or not.
At the same time, it has also been revealed that Arabic is the fastest growing language in the US.
America’s gradual embrace of Islam continues.
In Europe, however, a backlash has become apparent. This is because of the unexpected decision on the part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to allow Muslims from Syria to resettle in Germany. They have been arriving in their tens of thousands. Over a million are expected this year alone.
Demonstrations against the immigrants and physical acts of destruction against immigrant shelters have become common. A lengthy article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel is titled: “Deep concern over return of anti-Muslim Pegida protests.” Pegida stands for: “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident.” It operates in a number of countries. Weekly demonstrations directed against Muslims take place on Monday evenings. The numbers demonstrating is once again on the rise, following Mrs. Merkel’s decision to let in so many migrants.
From Der Spiegel: “In the right-wing magazine Compact, Jürgen Elsässer, a writer who speaks at Pegida events, issued a call to arms to Germany’s armed forces to resist the government. “In this situation, it is up to you, soldiers of the Bundeswehr: Fulfill your oath and protect the German people and the liberal and democratic order! Occupy the border stations, above all the border train stations, and close all possible crossings, particularly from the South. Don’t wait for orders from above!”
“At the very least, the movement is conducting “discursive arson,” warns political scientist Vorländer, adding that Pegida is “paving the way” for more radical behavior. In a current situation report, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Germany’s answer to the FBI, writes that agitation from the right is having a “catalyzing effect.” During the first nine months of this year, the BKA registered more than 400 attacks on asylum-seeker hostels. For all of 2014, there were only around 200 such attacks.
“The path from words to actions appears to be getting shorter and shorter, as illustrated by Pegida’s “We’ll help build the border” initiative. Announced for the first time in early October in the Saxon town of Sebnitz – a place that is also the site of anti-refugee protests – the action is expected to continue in Bavaria. Hundreds of “wire mesh fence” enthusiasts have set up an event using Facebook for Nov. 8 to seal off the German border on their own. One of the ringleaders is Michael Viehmann, a former supermarket worker from the western city of Kassel, who was also involved in the protests in Sebnitz. November 8, it should be noted, was the date that Adolf Hitler launched his failed “Beer Hall Putsch” in 1923.
“Last year, Viehmann established a Pegida offshoot in a western German state. He is also known to have participated in “Hooligans against Salafists” events in the past and became the subject of a criminal complaint after posting hate speech on the web. He allegedly incited against Jews on Facebook and blustered that, hopefully, “soon a revolution will break out and the whole pack of German politicians will have their skulls bashed in.”
Those with knowledge of German history will see similarities here between what is happening now and what happened in the 1920’s and 30’s. Events then led to Hitler’s coming to power in 1933. Certainly, Mrs. Merkel’s decision to take a million migrants this year is boosting the cause of right wing groups like Pegida.
This is not just happening in Germany. Other European countries that have taken in substantial numbers of Muslims are seeing the same development. In some Swedish cities, migrants are now the majority, totally transforming the country. A report on Focus on Europe, a weekly newsmagazine program shown on PBS but produced by German public television, showed similar problems developing in neighboring Norway.
Bible prophecy shows that there will soon be rapid change in Europe, as ten nations come together to face urgent threats.
“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:12-14).
The whole chapter is about the Roman Empire and successive attempts throughout history to revive the empire. The latest one was the revival of the Roman Empire proclaimed by Benito Mussolini in 1922, which led to the alliance with Germany’s Third Reich. It is clear from the last verse that this event takes place immediately prior to Christ’s Second Coming. So there is another attempt at European unity prophesied to take place. Once again, it will be led by Germany, the dominant economic power in Europe.
A horn is symbolic of royal authority, but it does not have to be royal.
What this passage of scripture shows is that a sudden change is going to take place in Europe, similar to events in 1848 and 1989, when a number of European governments were overthrown and replaced by something quite different.
A perceived threat, like the one now facing European nations, could easily be the catalyst that leads to a major change in the social order. Germany’s constitution requires the country to provide refuge to refugees. If nothing can be done legally to change that, then public pressure is likely to mount, putting increased pressure on the Federal Republic itself. This will only increase if the new arrivals do not assimilate and even threaten the social order.
The German Chancellor was seen until recently as a solid and stable leader in a time of profound change. Many no longer feel this to be the case.
When viewed from the perspective of history, recognizing that Islam has often threatened the West, what is happening now is the latest attempt to spread Islam into the very heart of the West.
With better historical memory than most western leaders display, the leaders of Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic are cooperating to try to keep the migrants out, while others, including Germany, are encouraging them to enter. These four countries either suffered under the Ottoman Empire or fought against it when it tried to conquer central Europe.
As the European Union allows for the free movement of peoples within its borders, once any migrants receive citizenship, they will be able to go anywhere.
It remains to be seen what anti-migrant countries will do once the new arrivals can freely move around – but British voters will be more likely to vote to leave the EU, giving them greater freedom to stop the massive migration now taking place.
It’s a time of profound change in Europe, change that could spur the continent toward the formation of the union of ten nations.