16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
Really? That’s interesting because whenever I Google “Mark of the Beast”, this comes up:
And when John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez Googled “Mark of the Beast” in San Antonio, Texas, apparently this came up:
Hmmmmm. Doesn’t quite have the threatening mark-of-the-beast feel. But apparently the parents of Ms. Hernandez feel like the tag (which has a computer chip in it to track student attendance) is quite literally the beginning of the Return of Christ, or something or other.
Andrea Hernandez, 15, refused to wear the badge on religious grounds, claiming it was the "mark of the beast,"……..She was suspended for disobeying the new rule and later sued the district.
Wow. This isn’t even a computer chip issue, this is a “hey-the-badge-marks-me-as-a-disciple-of-Satan” issue. By the way, I felt the same way about my French textbook during my freshman year of high school. But I didn’t take it to court. Hernandez did.
The court found the deal was "reasonable" and "removed [Hernandez's] religious objection from legal scrutiny altogether." Hernandez must now either wear the badge or transfer to a school without the program.
Most ID badges are a safety issue, one I don’t have a problem with at all. These are interesting because they are actually used to track students because the school’s funding (like Ukiah’s) is tied to the Average Daily Attendance of the school day. For instance, Ukiah is about to lose some serious funding because our attendance has dropped 3-6% because of the flu. This is the Texas version of making sure every dollar is accounted for, and although I think the attendance piece is drastically overblown (especially by the government), I like the idea of ID badges for students. They don’t interfere with lives outside of high school and they don’t prohibit a students Freedom of Speech, so calm down with the End-of-the-World stuff.
On second thought…..