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Why is RFID the mark of the beast but not fingerprint scanners?

From Reuters,

A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday.

“This is comfortable. We don’t have to stand in a line to get the priest’s signature (confirming our presence at the mass) in our confirmation notebooks,” said one pupil, who gave her name as Karolina.

I really had to laugh about this… once again, people seem to have no problems with biometrics, yet shriek about “Mark of the Beast!” when it comes to more tangible identification devices like RFID tags and implants. I’ve posted a couple times about how RFID is attacked while biometric technologies skate due to this tangibility issue, but this is the ultimate example. I doubt the situation would be deemed “comfortable” if pupils used RFID tags to track their attendance.

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5 Responses to “Why is RFID the mark of the beast but not fingerprint scanners?”

  1. Murray says:

    I totally agree!!

    I am atheist and after a while it becomes second nature learning how to rebut against religious people and their close minded thinking when it comes to scenarios like these. If a priest were to condone RFID tags as not being the mark of the devil then of course all the followers would accept it and move on no problems… but as soon as they oppose it then the followers do so too.

    So many people have a really negative initial opinion about technologies because of rumours and hearsay, they don’t stop and think about doing the research for themselves…. Which is probably why we don’t have nuclear power here (Australia).

    Any who… enough ranting…..


  2. @Murray:

    While I agree with you for the most part, to group people together in such a way is not only inaccurate, but also offensive.

    I’m a devout Christian, Christ is my savior, period.

    I also opted to have a 13 X 3 mm RFID tag implanted into my hand last November.

    Things aren’t as cut and dry as you think. 😉

    @Amal: Well said. People need to educate themselves, such ignorance drives me completely bonkers.


  3. Amal says:

    Hey Lace, thanks for commenting.

    My mother had a problem with me getting my first implant, but said she could tolerate it because it was my left hand, and scripture says the Mark would be on the right hand or forehead. When I got my right hand done a few months later, she was really not happy.

    Just curious, which hand did you get your implant in and why?

  4. Wow, better late than never. Heh.

    I chose my left hand for a few obvious reasons. I’m right handed, so I’m less likely to damage it badly, that would be the main one. I have a friend who is also quite religious, and when I expressed concerns after I had the implantation on what Christian people often think of RFID implants, he did something incredibly kind. He wrote down the passage concerning the mark of the beast, going to special lengths to point out the differences between it and my implant, quite regardless of whether the implant even qualified to be the mark to begin with. 🙂

    Though I would be just slightly weary of implanting my right hand, I think it has to do with what others would think, not that I believe that would magically make it the mark. Also, I would just be too constantly worried that I’m going to damage it in that much more active hand.

  5. Amal says:

    Interesting. Would you be willing to post that write-up? I think it would be of great interest to many people.

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