This is one of the rare occasions in which I side with an Appalachian energy company. This is not the first time I’ve sided against a Christian who is taking the Book of Revelation far too seriously.

As reported by WTAE out of Pittsburgh (and other sources), the federal government has brought suit against Consol Energy because it feel that the company discriminated against the worker for refusing to use a biometric hand scanner for tracking employees believing somehow that the scanner was linked to the Mark of the Beast. (props to WTAE for linking to Blake’s painting).

In the past, I have written about how I am against the inclusion of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. The book barely made canon, Martin Luther doubted the canonicity of four books of the New Testament and moved them to the back, putting Revelation dead last, and the “prophecies” in the book can easily be understood as allegories directed at contemporary audiences, not for people a thousand or two later. To be clear, I’m not saying the book isn’t valuable, what I’m saying is- take it easy about it.

If I can make the presumption that you do not share my opinion about this single inclusion in the New Testament, can we not agree that these biometric scanners are reading the mark that God put on this man’s hand as opposed to one branded on him by the Antichrist? Yes, this is what it ultimately comes down to. What is being observed by this machine is a mark put on his hand by his God. Unless God’s enemies are now in charge of genetics.

To be fair to this man, it is unclear in the articles that I’ve read if he himself brought suit or how much of a hand (forgive the pun) he had in this. I hope that Consul is successful in their appeal and the higher court overturns the ruling.