The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a measure some members believe will protect the state from the Antichrist.
House members passed a bill Feb. 10 by an 88-9 vote that would prohibit employers and insurance companies from requiring people to implant microchips – which one delegate said might be the “mark of the Beast” described in the Bible – into their bodies.
Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said privacy issues are the main concern behind banning the implementation of the microchips, but he also said he believed the devices could be used someday as the “mark” described in the Book of Revelation.
“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,” Cole told The Washington Post.
Some fundamentalist Christians believe that the Antichrist will appear soon and force everyone to accept this “mark,” which they say could be a microchip.
One delegate poked fun at the proposal. Del. Robert H. Brink, an Arlington Democrat, said no one raised the issue with him when he campaigned last fall.
“I didn’t hear anything about the danger of asteroids striking the Earth, about the threat posed by giant alligators in our cities’ sewer systems or about the menace of forced implantation of microchips in human beings,” he quipped.