The “mark of the beast” lawsuit against Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Company’s mining in West Virginia resulted in a Christian man being rewarded $150,000 in punitive damages after he says he was forced to retire over a work disagreement on whether or not a biometric scanner is related to the Antichrist of the Bible.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, when Apple’s Apple Watch was revealed some claimed the Apple tech could lead to the mark of the beast.
Beverly R. Butcher says he was worried that a biometric hand-scanner being implemented at his work place was related to Revelation 13:17-18.
“And he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”
Due to this Bible verse, Butcher claimed the biometric scans used for time and attendance tracking violated his Christian beliefs. Butcher requested an alternative method since two other employees, who both had missing body parts, were provided an exception. Consol denied this request, so the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission started a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher based upon the claims of religious discrimination.
Typically, many Christians have been concerned about the potential misuse of RFID technology, which can be embedded under the skin within a chip. The biggest concern is that such technology could be used for basic commerce, and anyone who refuses would not be able to buy and sell any goods or services. According to the Christian Post, the biometric scanner’s vendor, Recognition Systems Inc., released a statement which claimed the Bible was not in conflict with their particular hand-scanner.
“Scripture references the Mark of the Beast only on the right hand and forehead; and suggests that persons with concerns about taking the Mark of the Beast ‘be enrolled’ (meaning, use the hand scanner) with their left hand and palm facing up.”
A federal jury disagreed with the biometrics company, rewarding Butcher $150,000 since it was claimed he was forced to retire after 35 years working at Consol. According to the Observer Reporter, an attorney for the mining company, Jeff Grove, says Consol will appeal the verdict to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.