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Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Religious Right's Hypocrisy on NSA Surveillance

It's been a week since I noted that the stories about the Bush admin's surveillance of US citizens via the NSA should pose some concern for the Religious Right. Their myth of the AntiChhrist says that he will institute some form of surveillance infrastructure to watch and track people.

I suggest that if the Religious Right is truly concerned about this threat, then they should feel threatened by the idea that the US government is now using surveillance technology on its own citizens.

I've monitored CBN website for a week to see how they'd cover this story. Somewhat surprisingly, they have not mentioned it even once. I say surprisingly since the story--simply as a news item--deserves some mention. But the silence speaks volumes. Instead of chancing an anti-Bush backlash, the Xtian media have simply tried to kill the truth through silence. ...

Now comes this story over the wires about the Religious Right's concern over Radio Frequency Idenitification. This technology enables stores to track packages to maintain better inventories and provide faster goods to market. The Xtian Right, however, sees the technology as the work of Satan. According to Opinion Journal:

Critics, however, say the chips--which they call "spychips"--will eventually provide corporations and government with frightfully detailed information about unsuspecting consumers. The bugs, they argue, can be sewn into clothes, inserted in shoes and implanted under the skin; in the fullness of time snoops could use Global Positioning technology to keep us under constant surveillance.

Authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntire, whose "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move With RFID" has become the bible of the wary, consider the technology an invasion of privacy. While free-thinking libertarians have worried about such threats for years, "Spychips" reveals a deeper fear: Chip implants could be part of the satanic identification scheme, foretold in the Book of Revelation, by which "no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of the beast, which is 666." Those without the mark, which itself signals obeisance to the evil one, will find themselves excluded from the chain of commerce, unable to purchase even food.
If the Xtians are serious about tracking technology then they should speak out against the Bush policies. If they do not, they show how deceitful they are and how willing they are to play the political game to serve their own ends and purposes.

Why is it okay for Bush to spy on us but not the EU? And why isn't Bush denounced as the AntiChrist for using this technology to spy on us? That the Xtian Right wants to dodge the issue, by their own logic, means they are in bed with the Whore of Babylon and follow the AntiChrist.

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