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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Agape stories of the year: RFID == 666

Posted by: Hammer / 9:34 AM

Agape is promoting its top stories of the year. Here's one of my favorites, because it's something I kinda, sorta agree with:

AgapePress recently reported on a California school that not long ago used RFID technology in a test of an experimental attendance monitoring system (see related story). While the company that introduced the system is continuing to develop and market the technology, one religious group is denouncing RFID as a dangerous herald of the advance of a demonic "new world order."

..."This is the precursor to the 'mark of the beast' -- the 666 Satanic mark that the Bible talked about," Conner says, "and [the proponents of the RFID technology are] implementing this system under the guise of security and [saying] it's going to keep your children safe." But, ultimately, the San Diego activist warns, "what it's going to do is it's going to turn every single one of us into a piece of inventory -- not a human being -- a piece of inventory, a number."

Conner says even though born-again Christians will be "raptured" from the Earth before the tribulation reign of the anti-Christ, they should resist the use of RFIDs and other Orwellian influences in society. He is urging people everywhere to boycott RFID technology and to oppose its incorporation into schools or other aspects of daily life in America.

It's not often that fundamentalists and the ACLU are on the same side of an issue. In this case, they've picked the exact right side. We don't want any government -- but especially this government -- to be able to track where we go, who we see, and what we buy.

I agree with the policy, if not the rationale.


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