Palm of the Beast

A Louisiana school district is trying out a new biometrics device in the hopes of speeding up the lunch line. I’m actually curious about the device, apparently it’s a “palm vein scanner.”

According to one manufacturer, the scanner uses “near-infrared light to create a “vein map” of the users palm.” When the reader is used “the hand does not have to touch the sensor which improves hygienic concerns and scanner durability.” Yeah, I can see how that would be useful to a school full of kids.

But according to a local news report, some parents are objecting.

“I was very, very mad,” said parent Mamie Sonnier. “Disappointed.” […]

“As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” said Sonnier. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.”

… but the scanner doesn’t make a mark, it just reads … nevermind. Anyway, the phrase “you know go to church and stuff” is probably one of the most unintentionally revealing ways of explaining one’s lack of religious understanding.

Via Doubtful News

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