When I was a kid, my friend Karl and I illegally snuck into a movie theater to see “The Mark of the Devil” (or words to that effect) then just out. We didn’t sneak in because we didn’t have the money. We snuck in because we were 13 or so and that was the only way we could see the movie, which we knew, by the way, was fiction.
But some people don’t know that this whole “Mark of the Devil” thing is fiction.
There is apparently a lawsuit going on right now by some farmers in Michigan, including but not limited to Amish farmers, claiming that te legally required tagging of livestock with special chips was just another form of this mark of the devil thing.
“Use of a numbering system for their premises and/or electronic numbering system for their animals constitutes some form of a ‘mark of the beast’ and/or represents an infringement of their ‘dominion over cattle and all living things’ in violation of their fundamental religious beliefs,” according to the farmers’ lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
It is astonishing to me that such an argument could get you into an actual courtroom.
Now, we have an even more egregious situation. A kindergarten teacher in, where else, Texas, refuses to be fingerprinted because fingerprinting is, somehow, “The mark of the beast” and thus in violation of her first amendment rights.
In the case of the teacher, the legal argument is based primarily on this passage, which is one of the more over-the-top insane bits in the bible:
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand and on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…. Then a third angel followed them saying with a loud voice — if anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God…. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
They fingerprint the teachers to weed out known child rapists and such. The school district she works for sees nothing wrong with her argument and fully supports her refusal to be fingerprinted on the grounds of this mark of the devil thing.
People of Texas: If you have children, gather them up and get ye-selves the fuck out of there. Seriously.