Virginia is considering legislation that would outlaw a particular procedure being done on a person without their consent. Sounds like one of those liberal rules and regulations that slow down Hospital Inc. when they’re only trying to do what corporations do. Oh, the humanity!!! (of the corporation)– another form to fill out!!! Must a tree die for this?
Anyway, the bill seems okay, it’s the bedfellows that are strange. Daily Kos has the story from Jed Lewison…
This seems reasonable enough:
RICHMOND, FEB. 9 — The House of Delegates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will.
But wait until to hear why some Delegates are supporting the measure:
It might also save humanity from the antichrist, some supporters think.
Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said that privacy issues are the chief concern behind his attempt to criminalize the involuntary implantation of microchips. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the “mark of the beast” described in the Book of Revelation.
“My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times,” Cole said. “Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”
Well, you gotta represent your constituency. If we could persuade them that The Colonel sacrifices chickens to the god Dagon we might save lives and take a burden off our health care system. I’ve heard that tea is good for you. Anyone want to go with that?
What gives me a stomachache is knowing that there are politicians who do not give their primary loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, or the best interests of their constituents. Okay, this is nothing new. But it used to be honest graft. Now it’s honest graft wrapped in religion. Very toxic and dangerous. Please read the label before swallowing.
AND ANOTHER THING: This nurse can write legislation on a snow day while eating potato chips at the computer. Here’s a patient’s rights and Mark of the Beast prevention law that should cover the bases. It goes like this–
1. Don’t even think about touching someone without their signed informed consent
2. Unless they are turning blue and you are saving their life
3. When they are conscious again, give them a written record of all the stuff you did.
That way they know where the r-fid is and they can dig it out with a spoon. The Bible suggests looking at the forehead and the palm of the hand.
UPDATE: Looking for whether this crazy law went anywhere, first up on Google is this alarmist site that–yes–says Health Care Reform includes a free Mark O’ the Beast.
ANTI-BEAST LAW PASSED: Link here. Legislators in Virginia who needed to reach out to the reality-based community cited privacy concerns, the rest just waved their Bibles. I agree with the privacy concern, and I’d totally oppose any organization that tried to bar-code me and my loved ones. But is this a real, or even potential threat? If it gets legs, I’d look to the ‘show your papers’ constituency. R-fid tags for immigrants? Let’s see who in Virginia will oppose that?