Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Virginia House Passes Bill To Ward Off Antichrist

I had to re-read this a few times to make sure it wasn’t satire, but it’s for real.

The Virginia House of Delegates has just passed a bill that supporters hope will keep the Antichrist at bay.

You hear a loud whirring noise, you say? That would be Thomas Jefferson and James Madison spinning like tops in their Virginia graves.

Yes, it’s true. Yesterday House members approved a measure that would prohibit employers and insurance companies from requiring people to implant microchips in their bodies.


. . . according to The Washington Post, there are some fundamentalist Christians out there whose analysis of end-times biblical prophecy leads them to believe that the Antichrist will appear soon and force everyone to accept the “mark of the Beast” in their persons. That “mark,” they think, could easily be the microchip.

The Post reports that Del. Mark L. Cole (R –Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, has both privacy and religious concerns. He thinks the microchips could someday be used as the “mark of the beast” described in the Book of Revelation.

I was LMAO at this paragraph:

So let me get this straight: the Antichrist – the personification of Evil itself – is going to show up in America and start imposing the mark of Beast. He rolls through states such California, Kansas and Delaware, but when he gets to the Virginia line, he and his legions of demons just have to stop dead in their sulfurous tracks.

“Sorry, boys,” he’ll say. “Virginia’s got a law that says we can’t mess with the good folks there.”

While this sort of thing isn’t very important since it’s concerning something imaginary that is never going to happen anyway, it is taking time away from important REAL issues like unemployment, education and state budgets.

And as Joseph Conn states:

And most importantly, it does enormous harm when legislators get the idea that it’s perfectly okay for them to enact laws based on religion.


Tommykey said...

It's one thing when people rely on religious faith to get through tough times or are inspired by it to do good deeds. But when your holy book purports to offer predictions of a coming cosmic clash between the forces of good and evil, it means one is constantly trying to interpret current events through the prism of apocalyptic stories like Revelations. So, now computer implants are the mark of the Beast. Before that, it was Social Security numbers. Some early protestants considered the Pope to be the AntiChrist. Now some believe it could be Barack Obama.

Stardust said...

Religious people are some of the most superstitious folks I know.

One thing I have noticed in a certain social forum I belong to is how most of the religious folks in my family and who are on my friend list follow that astrology crap and "luck" stuff along with their god beliefs. Interesting that it goes hand in hand.

Zarathustra said...

Oh my g-d! Next you're gonna tell me there's no 'Tooth Fairy'!

Uruk said...

Just to show how illogical people's faith can be:

If the Bible is true, then it's prophesy must come true.

If bible prophesy must come true, then no legislation will stop the Antichrist from appearing because THE BIBLE FORETOLD IT.

But, if their legislation can in fact prevent the biblical foretelling of future events, then the bible cannot possibly be true.

So, do they truly believe in the bible, or not?

Hmmmmm . . .

And like everyone else so far has suggested, it worries me that they will take this way of thinking further and apply it towards far more important issues in life.

Oh, and on a side note-- anyone remember when people though Mikhail Gorbachev was the Antichrist?

I do.

Zarathustra said...

Gee WHIZ..............! I always thought the Anti-krist was Pat Robertson!!!!

Snowbrush said...

I left the South over things like this. As nutty as Oregon is, at least it's less nutty religion-wise.

Stardust said...

I could never life in the south.