Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
A Teenager Resisting the Mark of the BeastBy: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
Fort Fairfield Journal, November 13, 2013Andrea Hernandez is a sixteen year-old student in San Antonio, Texas. Her school district was putting active Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID) transmitters on lanyards that the children would have been required to wear around their necks. These lanyards were tracked by a series of reader devices that were installed in the ceilings of the school and recorded their moment-by-moment location as they walked around the school. Not only did it record where they were at all times but it also recorded what other students had been near them. So, not only could they determine a student's activities throughout the day, but they could also figure out who they had sat with at the lunch table or who they congregated with in Math class, or when they went to the bathroom. It was really quite overwhelming and offensive.
These RFID tracking badges could never be turned off. They had a button battery inside of them and are hermetically sealed, there is no on/off switch, so when these middle/high school students took these badges home the badges would continue to transmit a unique ID number identifying them in a swath as long as a football field all around their house.
I flew down to San Antonio and interviewed people and they said they could drive down the street and pick up these signals from car mounted readers that allowed them to be able to pinpoint the location of students behind walls, in their homes.
This is disturbing stuff from a privacy perspective, but Andrea Hernandez's opposition was religious. She said she felt this was conditioning kids to accept a number to be identified in order to participate in basic civil involvement, which in her case was school. She said if she accepted this it would condition people to accept the Biblical Mark of the Beast.
Andrea's opposition caused the school district to scrap the program. What I found so shocking, though, was some of the reader comments on the online version of this story were from self-proclaimed Christians who said Andrea was wrong and should have submitted to authority, even if it was a prelude to the Mark of the Beast. One Christian reader commented; “These are school kids, not adults. According to my Holy Bible, we are instructed to teach the little ones to do the right thing and follow the rules. If you let the children do as they wish you will have a lawless nation, just like a huge part of the population of America already are. Full of lawlessness. Who cares about doing the right thing. To relate Christ Jesus' ministry to a school trying to keep tabs on a hundred and one thousand students is stretching it a bit, isn't it? Jesus did not break the law, he instructed his disciples to follow the law as well. He was not a rebel, he was not righteous, he did not go against the Father's laws or Rome's laws which put him at odds with the Pharisees.”
This was not the only comment that goes after Andrea for being a rebel or trying to do something that was rebellious to the authorities who had instituted this program.
Eric Petersen has read a lot of Thomas Jefferson's writings, especially about issues of privacy and freedom. He responded to these negative comments by saying, “Mr. Jefferson said that the citizens are the only sure guardians of their liberties and whether you're sixteen or sixty-four you have to guard your own liberties. He believed very much in individual reason. He said every man's reason should be his own oracle. He believed in the human conscience. He said conscience is the only sure clue that will guide us free and clear of all doubt, negative consistencies. And so if our sixteen year-old friend felt in her conscience that this was an intrusion on her civil liberties, unwarranted by any other value, she was very right to protest.”
Mr. Peterson also said, “It seems to me this is the kind of intrusion of governmental power and coerciveness on individual liberties that went really to the heart of Mr. Jefferson's life. He said that the God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. The hand of force may destroy but cannot disjoin them, that is life and liberty. She had every right not to be tracked as all those students did. It was a gross abuse of coercive governmental power and I'm glad it was shut down. This would have troubled Mr. Jefferson to the extreme.”
I'm glad to hear Mr. Petersen say that, I felt the same way. It's challenging, though, when I read these comments by self-proclaimed Christians saying if the authority says it then you must obey. Of course, what immediately springs to my mind is during the Hitler era of NAZI Germany, obedience would have meant turning in your Jewish neighbor who was hiding in the cellar, or obedience would have meant turning in your gypsy neighbor, or some other group that they wanted turned in so that they could destroy them.
So, there does come a point where you have to say Hey, wait a second! Sure, as a Christian obeying the law is a high value and that's certainly in the Bible but when those laws become tyrannical, I'm totally on board with Thomas Jefferson who said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com