Oklahoma woman sues over ‘mark of the beast’ drivers’ license requirements

July 19, 2013 - 

The devil uses a high-definition camera.

And as a result, Kaye Beach of Oklahoma doesn’t drive. Well, she can’t, because she doesn’t have a drivers’ license.

Reports have emerged this week telling the tale of Beach, who is suing because she believes her religious rights have been infringed upon and that the government is violating her right not to undergo unreasonable search and seizure, due to the biometric information required for state drivers’ license renewal.

Beach maintains this is the beginning of the “mark of the beast,” a numerical identifier of the Antichrist in some Christian religious texts.

“My license came up for renewal in 2011 and I literally sat there and said, ‘I can’t do it,’” Beach said in a KFOR.com report.

“The bottom line for me as a Christian was that I believe that the Bible clearly warns us against being enrolled in a global system of identification and financial control that ties to our bodies.”

A quick web search shows that Kaye Beach from Oklahoma is active on Facebook and Twitter and has a profile picture on each account. The Facebook account profile picture is partially obscured with a hand, but on Twitter it is not.

According to a report in The Blaze.com, besides her biblical concerns, Beach contends that the information being collected will eventually lead to rampant identity theft. She also believes licenses and identity cards will inevitably turn into electronic chips or tattoos.  A group called the Constitutional Alliance is supporting Beach’s legal battle and she is also being represented by the Rutherford Institute.

Beach isn’t the first to maintain that biometric identification is a sign of the devil and is something that infringes on religious freedoms.

Reported previously, biometric voter identification cards have been hotly contested in Georgia, as the government mulls their use for the country’s 2014 elections. There has been so much pressure that the Justice Ministry published a public service announcement about the cards that said “the assumption that the new ID card is the seal of the Antichrist and that it contains the sign of the beast is not correct.”

Beach’s lawsuit also isn’t the first regarding large biometric systems.

A class action lawsuit has challenged California’s DNA collection, EPIC has filed an FOIA lawsuit against the FBI for details on its NGI database and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued the FBI over access to its facial recognition records — just to name a few.

The REAL ID Act was passed by the American government in 2005 and was intended to make identification and travel documents harder to obtain for terrorists. An early benchmark of this act was to mandate that states develop REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses by January 15, 2013.

As we reported previously, only 13 states met the January 13 deadline and the Department of Homeland Security has now pushed it until 2015.

It should be noted that Oklahoma is not among the states to embrace REAL ID-compliant drivers’ licenses.

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