Several friends sent me a copy of the daily koz article on Virginia HB 53 accompanied by peals of laughter. I am fairly skeptical about Koz and immediately looked for another source. I mean this bill looked like the Xfiles joined Armageddon. Unfortunately, the Washington Post pretty much reported the same story.
The Virginia House of Delegates voted Wednesday on HB 53. It is a bill that makes it illegal for anyone to put a microchip in your body without your permission. The bill passed the House of Delegates. The bill is mainly aimed at employers, insurance companies and government. To most people, having a bill that sounds like the Xfiles is a bit unusual:
According to the Washington Post, quoting from the bill’s sponsor:
Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said that privacy issues are the chief concern behind his attempt to criminalize the involuntary implantation of microchips. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the “mark of the beast” described in the Book of Revelation.
“My understanding — 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 nor sell things in end times,” Cole said. “Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”
Cole said that the growing use of microchips could allow employers, insurers or the government to track people against their will and that implanting a foreign object into a human being could also have adverse health effects.
“I just think you should have the right to control your own body,” Cole said.
The religious overtones have cast the debate into a realm that has made even some supporters uneasy and caused opponents to mock the bill for legislating the apocalypse.
In the interest of respecting diversity, I am not coming to comment other than to ask, why is our House of Delegates dealing with this type of legislation? Have there been threats of body snatching? Aare we going to make it illegal to do the alien abduction thing? If it is religious, doesn’t that belong in church? Is our state legislature losing it or what?
Mulder and Scully, here I come!
I will respect diversity…I will respect diversity….I will respect diversity…..