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Re: Pat Robertson Fears E-cash?

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:
> 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and 
>    bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 
> 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or 
>    the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
> Millenialist Christians tend to regard this as a method by which 
> the faithful will be shut out of the economy, since the pious will
> refuse such a 'mark'.
> 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.  Such a tattoo would also be used to deduct e-cash from a person's 
"account" when they made purchases.  It's still a bit of a stretch; 
they're using the book of Revelations to back up this theory.

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