Virginia legislators claimed victory today against implantable microchips by passing a bill that prevents employers or insurance companies from forcing patients to accept the devices. Privacy topped the reasons for concern, but the bill's sponsor also saw the microchips as the "mark of the beast," according to the Washington Post.
Presumably most of the 88 legislators who voted in favor of the bill did so because of privacy concerns (just nine voted nay, and there was one abstention). Virginia also does not stand alone in taking a dim view of forced microchip implants -- several states such as Wisconsin and Georgia have also approved similar bans.
But the bill also took on religious overtones due a belief shared by some fundamentalist Christians that microchips may represent the marks described in the Book of Revelation. It's a view supported by Mark Cole, the Virginia delegate who sponsored the bill.
That has allowed some critics to complain that the bill represented a "sideshow" that distracts from more pressing concerns, such as Virginia's $4 billion budget gap.
Microchips have also found growing use in medical applications such as helping to reverse blindness. But the implantable microchips that seem to worry people the most involve those that would somehow track or monitor people.
For instance, a UK school experimented with having students wear RFID chips on their bodies to track their movements. Microchips have also become popular in certain regions of the world where kidnapping poses a major threat.
Regardless of religious belief, most people can probably agree that no one wants a corporation or government to forcibly implant microchips. But that doesn't mean plenty of patients couldn't benefit from a chip on their shoulder reminding them of when to take their pills.
[via Washington Post]
"...belief shared by some fundamentalist Christians that microchips may represent the marks described in the Book of Revelation."
I'm real sure they knew all about computers and microchips thousands of years ago. Pfft.
I'm glad it was passed, but I'm surprised (or am I really?) that nine voted "nay." I guess they have other reasons for companies forcing chips inside our bodies. But what could those reasons be? I mean, being forced to insert microchips? Seriously?
Didn't we learn anything from "Logan's Run"?
I'll be happy to put a microchip inside my body if it helps cure diseases or perhaps gives me some super vision, but don't force me to take it. ;)
The mark of the beast they are all worried about is the SSN set up in the 30's...silly funndies
I like this bill, it protects our privacy. Yet we should make exceptions for the Police and such.
Also, once again, the religious fanatics are trying to link something totally unrelated to their beliefs.
Those chips caused cancerous sores in lab rats in earlier trials, not sure if they fixed that problem, but Thats where ppl. get that mark of the beast thing from I'm guessing, I don't really believe in god but I glad that god fearing ppl. are on my side on this one because you know that the govt. will put scanners everywhere if we get those chips, those cameras at red lights will scan you and they will know everywhere you been, also visa and credit cards will move to those chips so you cant leave your money home causing more spending for there profit, the whole smart chip thing credit cards did was to get you used to the idea of being chipped, the chip on the card does nothing at all, I know because I worked for them for a while, the main goal is to take all banks digital and get rid of cash, then every penny spent is tracked also the want to replace your Id card with that chip. So lets say they win and your chipped, now they have control in a crazy way, say you don't pay a bill they steal it electroniclly, you get a warrant for a unpaid speeding ticket then they turn your chip off... now you got no ID or cash, just think of the things they can do to you with that power, force you to do anything they want
They should still forceably chip criminals. They have forfeited their right to privacy.
This is the new world orders idea of "humanely' branding the people. Much like RFID tags, these chips are to used for none other than asset tracking. A few tag or chip readers spread throughout town and the man will know our location every minute of your life.
chipping criminals thats a good idea your a criminal when locked in a prison but when you get out are u still a criminal?. the only use i can see for this in that area is pedifiles and rapist. (sorry if my spelling is off)
but chipping everyone that was locked up and you would create a 2 class in America. ooh that right we already have that. these correctional facilities are not that correctional and we wont even dare invest the money into correcting peoples problems which got them there in the first place. the cycle never ends i can see if you chip and you walk into a area a alarm goes off and everyone look at you like a freak and security moves you away. cant work can learn because your were chip. so you do what you have to live.
the have and the have not
we are somehow better than are felo man.
this kind of sound like something that happen between 1935 and 1945. think about it if your lost. ;p
kormiko, then what will the "mark" look like? I mean a thousands years ago all they had was stones making markings. Maybe, according to you, the mark will be a bruise from getting stoned (no not crack) from braking a law, cause that was the punishment back then.
They also didn't know when the world would end; so they can't predict what object will be the mark. If they said that a 9 digit number (ssn) is the mark; then they would have predicted that the world would not end until after such number was issued. If they said that an invisible holographic icon will appear over our heads, then that would mean that we are safe until such technology is implemented; when in fact we don't know when the world will end (it won't be 2010, but that's another topic). It can be tomorrow or 348 years from today; and we don't know what the mark will be.
The "mark" can be anything, and no one knows what it will be. It can be a number, a chip, a stamp. The meaning of the "mark" is that at some point there will be so much control over our lives that without the "mark" you're body will not survive; but if you accept God your soul will flourish.
Anything that may seem good and innocent (the chip), in future it can be exploited to do harm.
"Seat belts protect our bodies, our bodies protect our soul" JJM
This is Popular Science, not Popular Religion.
No 1984 today
It's a shame that the religous portion was ever discussed. The bill's author states in the source article that his primary concern is privacy.
Unfortunately the other remarks got out there, and they're taking center stage. It gives opponents some ammunition against legislation like this because they can focus on the mark of the beast aspect.
I don't want any organization to force me to have an implant that could be used to track my movements. Privacy is a fundamental part of a free society. The key word in this whole thing is 'force'.
Ive heard before that barcodes could be the mark of the beast. heres an interesting web page about it.
I thought the mark of the beast was when antlers grow out of the human skull. Am I confused?
@ nom Forcibly implanting criminals... have we forgotten that the system is imperfect. Maybe the release of an accused murderer after thirty years of imprisonment is an example... they found DNA contrary to the cases guilty charge. Anyway. Also please remember that if you make enough laws everyone is a criminal. So with that said would you really want all criminals forcibly chipped?
Spitting on sidewalks is illegal in many places. In Tennessee it is illegal to breathe under water. In Arizona it's illegal to kill camels, in NC it is legal to beat your wife on the courthouse steps( note that one has specific day and time and may be restricted to towns.
Anyway basing it on criminality may be just what they need to take away everyone's rights. And that is my brief thoughts on that in a nutshell.
As to the the fundamentalist idea portion of the topic that particular belief has to do with some sort of mark that will be forced on people and the mark is supposed to be one that is undeniable. When a person makes the CHOICE to take the mark they know full well that it is the mark.