Monday, April 24, 2006

Real ID Opposition in New Hampshire

Is Real ID a sign of the apocalypse? - Concord Monitor Online - Concord, NH 03301 New Hampshire Republican State Representative Neal Kurk made a House speech opposing Real ID (National De-facto Driver License) that has privacy advocates singing praises. Quicktime Video of Kurk Speech.

Unfortunately for those opposing Real ID, the argument is once again bringing in religious connections to the "Mark of the Beast" references mentioned here recently. Rep. Kurk made a religious reference in his speech, but the core of his remarks avoided the book of revelations and emphasized the New Hampshire "Live Free or Die" state motto in recommending his state refuse to participate in the Real ID program as a pilot state in testing the scheme.

New Hampshire Caspian (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion & Numbering) is fighting Real ID and supporting Kurk from the religious viewpoint, the same emotional appeal that helped launch National CASPIAN among religious conservatives concerned with biblical references from the Book of Revelation.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:16-17

The linked story from the Concord Monitor newspaper discusses those religious ties and support for Kurk based on those convictions and questions whether religion should be tied to the debate. I hope that costs to US states of a National Driver License is considered a bigger issue, along with the problem of encoding our driving record in that "machine readable" ID which merchants, banks and anyone requiring ID will then have access to if given those cards. Privacy is bigger than the religious issues attached to the Real ID debate. It's disturbing that few citizens have the fervor of privacy convictions outside of biblical prophecy.

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