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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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