Europe’s Jews ponder: Is it time to flee again?

Just preceding the penultimate resurrection of the Roman Empire, many Jews had the foresight to see the handwriting on the wall and flee, some to Israel and others to points beyond.  As the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is coming to fruition, the Jews of Germany are asking once again whether it is a good idea to continue to live there.

This culmination of the a German-led united Europe will not only be worse than before for the Jews there and those in their homeland, but also for the descendants of Israel, the United Kingdom and United States (among others).

Eighty years ago, Jael Botsch-Fitterling’s parents decided something was very wrong in Germany, the nation they called home. Chancellor Adolf Hitler had just named himself fuhrer, and anti-Semitism was becoming national law. Her parents and other relatives packed up and fled.

Because of that move, six years later she was born in Jerusalem in what was then Palestine. When she was 7, the land beneath her feet became Israel, making her one of the original Jews in a new Jewish homeland. All because her parents had sensed in time that Germany was becoming very dangerous for Jews.

Then, in the 1950s, they trusted their instincts again and returned to Germany. Botsch-Fitterling has never left.

But today, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris, she’s been thinking about that first decision to leave – thinking about it quite a bit, in fact.

The Charlie Hebdo attacks ended in a bloodbath inside a Jewish market in Paris with four Jewish men slaughtered. And there’d been other attacks: In 2012, a so-called “lone wolf” killed three students and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France; last May, an attacker with links to the Islamic State killed four people at the entrance to the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Botsch-Fitterling finds the pattern deeply distressing.

“I love my life in Berlin,” she said. “I love my home, and my children and grandchildren are here. But we can’t escape history. I just wonder, as I look around Europe today, about those who stayed until it was too late the last time.”

Already, more and more Jews appear to be fleeing France. Studies indicate that out of a total population of about 400,000, more than 10,000 Jews left France in 2014; 7,000 of those to move to Israel.

“I am thinking about it again,” she said, surrounded by the books she loves, above the crowded street she loves, in the apartment she loves. “But is it even possible for a Jew to live in Berlin, or in Europe today, without thinking about leaving?”

via BERLIN: Europe’s Jews ponder: Is it time to flee again? | Europe | McClatchy DC.

Pope Francis: parents can smack their children for bad behaviour

It is interesting that when the pope promotes a biblically based concept that it is then that people, even some of his own, disagree with him.

Pope Francis believes it is fine for parents to smack their children as punishment for bad behaviour.

He made the remarks, which were condemned by campaigners for child protection, in front of thousands of people at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square during a homily about the responsibilities of fatherhood.

The Pope, smiling and miming the action of slapping a child on the bottom, said: “One time, I heard a father say, ‘At times I have to hit my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them.’

“That’s great. He had a sense of dignity. He should punish, do the right thing, and then move on,” he told around 7,000 people gathered in the Pope Paul VI Hall on Wednesday.

“It is disappointing that anyone with that sort of influence would make such a comment,” said Peter Newell, the coordinator of the Global Alliance to End Corporal Punishment of Children.

Peter Saunders, the founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, told The Telegraph: “I think that is a very misguided thing to have said and I’m surprised he said it, although he does come up with some howlers sometimes.”

via Pope Francis: parents can smack their children for bad behaviour – Telegraph.

Obama: ’People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’


At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama reminded attendees that violence rooted in religion isn’t exclusive to Islam, but has been carried out by Christians as well.

Obama said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”

“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama also denounced Islamic State terrorists for professing to stand up for Islam when they were actually “betraying it.”

via Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: ’People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’ – Breitbart.

Earthquakes in more and diverse places

Though these are not the substance of the ones that will occur in the very end-time (Revelation 16:8) they are beginning to happen with greater frequency and in more diverse places (Matthew 24:7):

California may be known for its earthquakes, but so far this year it has been surpassed by an unlikely state: Oklahoma.

Between 1978 and 2008, Oklahoma experienced an average of just two quakes of 3.0 magnitude of greater. In 2014, as of Thursday, there have been about 207 such quakes recorded in the state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The upward trend started in 2009, with 20 quakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater, then 43 the following year, and jumping every year with the exception of 2012.

Oklahoma has now surpassed California in quakes, and seismologists see no end in sight, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

California has recorded about 140 3.0-magnitude quakes or greater, compared to 207 in Oklahoma.

“The fact that the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma is even comparable to California is unusual,” USGS geophysicist Rob Williams said.

“We’ve seen swarms of earthquakes over the interior of the U.S., but this is on a completely different scale, for the area where all the earthquakes are occurring is bigger than any previous swarm,” he added. “It’s not really a swarm, it’s really a collection of swarms.”

It cannot be ruled out that the spike in earthquakes is a once-every-10,000-years thing, but scientists don’t know and a surprised by the numbers.

“Given the rate of earthquakes over the last six months, it’s concerning enough to be worried about a larger, damaging earthquake happening, let alone what might happen in the future,” Williams said.

Some earthquakes have been linked to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but for the most part, the Oklahoma earthquakes are linked to wastewater wells, Williams said.

Research into the links between the wastewater wells and quakes started about four years ago, Williams said.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association last month urged a wait-and-see approach in judging the USGS’s assertions on links between wastewater disposal and earthquakes.

“Because crude oil and natural gas is produced in 70 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, any seismic activity within the state is likely to occur near oil and natural gas activity. The OIPA and the oil and gas industry as a whole support the continued study of Oklahoma’s increased seismic activity, but a rush to judgment provides no clear understanding of the causes,” the industry group said.

via Oklahoma quakes this year top tremors in California


Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The information, which the Department of Homeland Security provided to Mr. Grassley, details all 1,000 convictions, including dozens of drunken-driving convictions, drug offenses and weapons convictions. But the more serious crimes include domestic abuse, carjacking and aggravated assault.

One of the illegal immigrants, identified as No. 960, was subsequently convicted of inflicting injury on a domestic partner; child cruelty, with the possibility of injury or death; probation violations; speeding; driving without a license; and failing to appear for court.

“The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country. But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities,” Mr. Grassley said.

via Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes – Washington Times.