666 chip? Why a Texas student thinks her school ID is the “Mark of the Beast”

Aurich Lawson By now, you’ve probably heard the story: exemplary student Andrea Hernandez has decided to fight her San Antonio high school’s plan to outfit every student with an RFID-equipped badge in order to better take attendance and track students while on school property. (Radio frequency identification tags are short-range tracking tags that can be scanned by local readers, though they don’t enable any sort of GPS-style location tracking of a student’s movements around town, at home, etc.) Hernandez objects to the plan, which the district instituted in order to better recover its daily per-pupil funding from the state of Texas, on the grounds that it was a terrific invasion of her privacy—and of her religious liberty. How can a plastic badge with a tiny built-in microchip violate religious liberty? The Rutherford Institute, which has taken the Hernandez case and filed a lawsuit (PDF) over it in Bexar County, Texas, puts it this way: Plaintiff and her father object to the requirement that Plaintiff wear the Smart ID badge on the basis of Scriptures found in the book of Revelation. According to these Scriptures, an individual’s acceptance of a certain code, identified with his or her person, as a pass conferring certain privileges from a secular ruling authority, is a form of idolatry or submission to a false god.Read 39 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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666 chip? Why a Texas student thinks her school ID is the “Mark of the Beast”

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