Katherine Albrecht is a very vocal critic of RFID tags who is frequently quoted in the mainstream media arguing that the tiny electronic identification tags could result in a horrible invasion of privacy. (Previous posts mentioning Albrecht here and here.) Turns out, Albrecht also believes that RFID tags may be the Mark of the Beast described in the New Testament's Book of Revelations. (Link to Snopes.com page about RFIDs of the Beast.) From Wired News:
Albrecht is already reaching at least a few of her fellow Christians, through videos produced by Endtime Ministries, that link RFID to the Book of Revelation.Link (via Institute for the Future)
"The Mark of the Beast, 666: a prophesy from 2000 years ago," says Albrecht, at the beginning of her video, On the Brink of the Mark, produced two years ago. "How many people (know that) technological developments of the last 10 to 20 years could be combining to make the Mark of the Beast a reality, and possibly even in our lifetimes?"
Endtime, based in Richmond, Indiana, claims to have sold thousands of copies of On the Brink of the Mark and other videos featuring Albrecht.
Albrecht has been a guest on Endtime's radio program, Politics and Religion, as well as other religious programs. She also has a book deal with Thomas Nelson, the Christian book publisher.
...But there is nothing wrong with people who oppose RFID for theological reasons, said (privacy advocate Bill) Scannell.
"I have a lot of time for Katherine Albrecht and for the Endtime people, when it comes to this particular issue," said Scannell, who has himself appeared on the Politics and Religion radio program. "I can work with anyone willing to fight this stuff."
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.