CANADA - Swastika Trail

Arno Froese

Residents of a town in Canada decided not to rename a street that is currently named “Swastika Trail.”

The Puslinch Township in Ontario voted 4-1 against changing the name of the privately owned road, The Canadian Press reported.

[Not too long] ago, the neighborhood association voted to keep the name. Following that vote, two couples living on the street reached out to B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish advocacy group, for advice on how to convince the town to change the name.

In November, B’nai Brith opened an online petition calling on township officials to change the street’s name.

But at [the] meeting, members of the Puslinch Township council said they wanted to yield to the earlier vote by the neighborhood association.

The street was named in the 1920s, but residents told The Canadian Press that the swastika should not be vilified as a Nazi symbol. They pointed out that it is an ancient religious symbol meaning life and good work in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. There is also a town in northern Ontario called Swastika, which is named after a local goldmine which used the symbol for good luck.

-www.jta.org, 28 December 2017

Arno's commentary

There may be many reasons for having this street named “Swastika Trail” as indicated, but there is a clear Scripture that would be applicable in this case: “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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