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Re: Pat Robertson Fears E-cash?

On Thu, 3 Aug 1995, K. M. Ellis wrote:

> On Wed, 2 Aug 1995, Peter Trei wrote:
> > The relevant verses are in Revelations 13, where some of the actions
> > by which The Beast can be recognized are given. Among them are:
> > [Deletia]
> > 
> > E-cash is a bit of a reach from this, but some of them (eg, 
> > Robertson), extend the verses to cover all forms of trackable 
> > transactions. I suspect that if someone could get him to realize the 
> > privacy aspects of true anonymous ecash, he'd like it.

> I read in the New York Times that a lot of fundamentalist Christians fear 
> the e-cash revolution because they believe that eventually everyone will 
> be required to bear a tattooed bar code on their right hand which 
> would contain all a person's information:  name, d.o.b., birthplace, 
> etc.  

Crapola. They fear the unknown, and read their own personal prejudices 
and beliefs into something they don't understand. Maybe I'll start going 
to church <shudder> and explain to the believers about the benefits of 
crypto *against* such Revalationary measures. I'm sure they would be 
interested in the work Chaum has done regarding truly anonymous 

Hell, maybe we could set up a Dining Christians net.

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