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On 02/10/10, the Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill that some members believe will protect the state from the Antichrist.
The bill prohibits employers and insurance companies from requiring people to implant microchips ---which one delegate said might be the "Mark of the Beast" as described in the Bible. While the bill's sponsor Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) says that the bill's goal is to address privacy issues (which may be a reasonable concern) he told The Washington Post, "My understanding ---and 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 or sell things in end times."
[Does that remark make sense to anyone?]
Some Christian groups believe the Antichrist will force everyone to accept this "mark," which could be a microchip.
House members passed the bill by a vote of 88-9.
Mmmm! What will they ban next? Tattoos? They're marks, aren't they? What about stretch marks? Felt-tip markers? Markets? Question marks? Exclamation marks! Or how about the second book of the New Testament?
Source: Church and State, March 2010
(published by Americans United for
Separation of Church and State)
UPDATE April 2010:
The bill mentioned above has been killed in the VA Senate. Four members of a subcommittee of the Commerce and Labor Committee said that the bill was a solution in search of a problem. (April 2010 issue of State and Church.)