The ID card of the Beast
The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Thursday a sweeping set of rules aimed at forcing states to issue all adults federally approved electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses.
Under the rules, federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to airplanes, trains, national parks, federal courthouses and other areas controlled by the federal government. The bill was approved by a 261-161 vote.
The Bush administration threw its weight behind the Real ID Act, which has been derided by some conservative and civil liberties groups as tantamount to a national ID card. The White House said in a statement this week that it "strongly supports House passage" of the bill.This isn't exactly the mark of the beast (hand and forehead), but it's not hard to see how this could turn into a restriction on travel without this pseudo-national ID card. Once the technology is widely accepted, it could be used for other things. I don't want to fall into the slippery-slope fallacy, but I can't imagine why governments and corporations wouldn't want to start using this for commerce. From a practical point of view, it's an obvious progression. From a Christian point of view, keep watching, and keep oil in your lamp.