I won’t be voting for recently announced presidential candidate Tommy Thompson for two reasons. The first? Former Health and Human Services Secretary Thompson wants unborn children to be used for spare parts. Slapping pro-lifers who supported him in the face, Thompson promoted embryonic stem cell “research” to the point of insubordination – publicly opposing the policy of his former boss, the president.

Destroying the donor. If we did that with blood drives, there wouldn’t be a Red Cross. And the research scoreboard at a glance? Adult stem cells success: treating 72 conditions (and counting); embryonic stem cells: zero. It’s actually a negative number since embryonic stem cells have a propensity to form cancerous tumors, but that doesn’t seem to bother those blinded by their desire to cannibalize the very young. Even Mitt Romney says he “gets” that. (he just wants abortion as a “health benefit.”) And, as I’ve written in previous columns, Rudy Giuliani wants to force us to pay for killing kids up until their birthday. After that, we’re supposed to buy them a present.

But there is another reason I won’t be voting for Tommy Thompson: He wants us all to be “chipped” with Radio Frequency Identification and sits on the board of the VeriChip Corp., a company currently talking to the Pentagon about inserting the grain-sized microchip into American citizens, beginning with our soldiers.

High-tech stuff like that you can find in the book of … Revelation – written 2,000 years ago. Here’s what I remember from Sunday School: In the end times, there’s a one-world government and a good-looking charismatic leader who seems like a really great guy, except for the fact that he happens to be the Antichrist. He talks all about peace and requires that everyone take this mark in order to buy and sell. The upside of taking the mark: you get to buy and sell; the downside: you go to hell forever. Not really a difficult choice, but a lot of people are going to get it wrong.

According to the original Greek, the “mark” comes from the word Chixi-stigma, or “stizo” which means to “stick” or “prick.” Here’s how Strong’s Concordance defines it:

4742, stigma, stig’-mah; from a primary stizo (to “stick,” i.e. prick); a mark incised or punched (for recognition of ownership), i.e. (fig) scar of service: – mark {1x}

“Sticking” or “pricking” an identification mark into someone for “recognition of ownership” – strikingly similar to a microchip inserted with a needle under the skin, wouldn’t you say?

But first they’ll put it in stuff like … driver’s licenses and passports. Jerome Corsi reported last week the state of Washington just announced its intention to put the RFID chip in driver’s licenses. Under the congressional “Real ID Act,” look for it everywhere by May of next year, linked to state and national databases – ready to reject you at airports and federal buildings (for starters) if you don’t comply. Neat-o.

But the Bible says it isn’t just for “recognition of ownership”; you’re going to need this mark to buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17). As I wrote about in my book, “The Criminalization of Christianity,” a wave of an implanted hand buys you drinks in Barcelona, Spain. Now it’s being used to buy groceries and clothes.

But the mark in Revelation is “required,” just like in Mexico where many government workers are required to be chipped – all brought to you by Tommy Thompson’s VeriChip Corp. And now it’s in Ohio where workers in Cincinnati are being chipped by CityWatchers – a government video surveillance contractor. Big Brother full scale.

Now, I’m not saying that people who get “chipped” at this stage are taking the Mark of the Beast – that would take a software change. But, I can tell you that I’m not going to let anyone put anything in my hand (or forehead), period. No matter how “logical,” “reasonable” or “practical,” if it’s inserted into the hand (or forehead) to identify, buy or sell, you can say whatever you’d like, but I’m out. I don’t care if it means I can’t buy anymore. I don’t care if it means I can’t fly anymore. I don’t care if it means I die. You can make your case, but I already made that decision – when I was about 10 – before any of this technology even existed.

By the way, if you’re running commercials to pitch this nifty little mark, the first thing you need do is rename it. Don’t tell Tommy, but here’s how I envision the Mark of the Beast television commercial:

Voice-over: You’re not still carrying around that heavy purse are you?

[VIDEO: Grandma hunched over by heavy pocketbook while would-be thieves give each other the nod for the post-purchase mugging.]

V.O. Don’t you know that makes you an easy target for crime?

[VIDEO: Grandma lugs heavy purse on the fast food counter while very attractive teens walk in, rolling their eyes at Grandma as they wave their hands and are already eating while she’s still looking for her change.]

Voice-over: Don’t listen to the kooks who think there’s something wrong with being smart, safe and secure.

[VIDEO: Airport security line of all the attractive “chipped” people smiling as they go through the express security lane while all the nerds, geeks, old and ugly finger-pointing people stand in long, winding lines while the security people shake their heads at the antiquated, outdated extremists.]

Voice-over: Secur-a-chip. It’s smart, safe and secure … and so small, you’ll forget you have it!

[VIDEO: Shows man looking for his wallet until he realizes that he has the chip and waves it by the scanner, as his attractive wife looks at him smiling, shaking her head playfully. They both laugh while the “Secur-a-chip” image appears on the screen.]

Voice-over: (Read very low and very fast) Those with high blood pressure, pacemakers, pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant should consult with their doctor before implantation. Possible side effects of the “Secur-a-chip” include: infection, allergic reaction, boils and burning in hell forever.

You may not believe a single word of any of this. That’s why I’m writing it before you see this on TV and it seems so “practical” and “so logical” that you find yourself being swayed (more on this in “The Criminalization of Christianity”).

“Sticking” or “pricking” for “recognition of ownership,” “to buy and sell,” in the “right hand or forehead.” If this chip is truly a pre-curser to the Mark of the Beast, it may happen soon anyway, but the way I see it, it doesn’t have to happen “on our watch.” And we don’t have to play a role in expediting it. Just another reason why Tommy Thompson’s not getting my vote.

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