Virginia House of Delegates voting to Protect Virginians Against the Mark of the Beast

Some in Virginia see microchips as a device of the anti-Christ and are voting to protect Virginians. From The Washington Post:

The House of Delegates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will.

So far this sounds reasonable until we get to the reasons for promoting this legislation:

It might also save humanity from the antichrist, some supporters think.

Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said that privacy issues are the chief concern behind his attempt to criminalize the involuntary implantation of microchips. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the “mark of the beast” described in the Book of Revelation.

“My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times,” Cole said. “Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”

Cole said that the growing use of microchips could allow employers, insurers or the government to track people against their will and that implanting a foreign object into a human being could also have adverse health effects.

“I just think you should have the right to control your own body,” Cole said.

The religious overtones have cast the debate into a realm that has made even some supporters uneasy and caused opponents to mock the bill for legislating the apocalypse.

More background further in the story:

Microchips, which use radio frequency identification, have been used in pets to identify and track them. Proponents suggest that such chips could be invaluable in making people’s medical records portable and secure and in helping to identify and find missing children. Others have urged they be used with Alzheimer’s disease patients.

But the growing use of microchips has collided with the Book of Revelation. The biblical passage in question is in Chapter 13 and describes the rise of a satanic figure known as “the Beast”: “He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

David Neff, editor of the magazine Christianity Today, said that some fundamentalist Christians believe that bar codes and implanted microchips could be used by a totalitarian government to control commerce — a sign of the coming end of the world.

“This is part of a larger attempt to constantly read current history in the light of the symbolic language of the Book of Revelation,” he said.

That book has been sifted for clues to contemporary events almost since the ink on the parchment dried, and Caesar, Nero, Napoleon, Hitler and some of history’s other controversial one-namers have been identified as possible antichrists. Now, it’s President Obama’s turn, as tea partyers and others warn of federal intrusions into the debate over health-care reform.

Wait a minute. Is Obama a Muslim-born terrorist, a Marxist, or the anti-Christ in the minds of the far right? I imagine that to many of them he is all three.

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6 Comments

  1. 1
    Ray says:

    “I just think you should have the right to control your own body,” Cole said.
    I wonder what his views are on a woman’s right to control her own body?

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    Parts of this article make sense, especially if you don’t go beyond the first paragraph. Their inconsistency on control of one’s own body shows the problem with their views being motivated by religion as opposed to real support for privacy rights.

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    U.S. Common Sense says:

    I’ve never understood why media outlets choose the King James Version of the Bible to quote from. A) The language is hard for most people to pronounce (let alone understand), and B) there are more accurate translations out there to choose from. The Washington Post loses points in “common sense” for their scriptural source.

    As far as the story goes, I agree with Ron.  There is no practical reason for people/organizations other than yourself to elect to implant a microchip in your body. 

  4. 4
    Brett Robinson says:

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  5. 5
    maryyooch says:

    “Parts of this article make sense, especially if you don’t go beyond the first paragraph.”

    LOL

  6. 6
    Etienne Masanka says:

    Virginia House of Delegates voting to Protect Virginians Against the Mark of the Beast – http://liberalvaluesblog.com/2010/02/10/virginia-

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