Andrea Hernandez, A Texas High School Student, Loses Court Lawsuit For Religious Right To Refuse ‘Mark of The Beast’ School RFID Tag

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259654/San-Antonio-student-Andrea-Hernandez-loses-court-battle-refusing-wear-ID-tag-GPS-tracker.html

High school student loses court battle after refusing to wear an ID tag with a GPS tracker, saying its against her religion 

  • Andrea Hernandez said the ID was the ‘Mark of the Beast’ by citing Bible verse and brought suit after being suspended
  • Federal judge ruled school can force her to wear badge as long as the GPS tracker is removed

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:31 EST, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 EST, 9 January 2013

The high school student who was suspended after she refused to wear a student ID card implanted with a GPS chip because it is against her religious beliefs has lost her legal battle.

Andrea Hernandez, from Texas, has been fighting with officials at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since they began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall.

The Radio Frequency Identification badge has a bar code which is able to track students movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave and is aimed at a way to combat truancy.

Andrea Hernandez has been fighting with officials at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since they began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards Andrea Hernandez has been fighting with officials at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since they began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards
Controversial: The Radio Frequency Identification badge has a bar code which is able to track students movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leaveControversial: The Radio Frequency Identification badge has a bar code which is able to track students movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave

When Andrea refused to wear the badge around her neck, she was notified by the school district that she would not be able to attend John Jay High School but would have to go to another school who had not yet adopted the chip.

Andrea and her family are Christians and she said she does not want to wear the badge because it signifies Satan, or the Mark of the Beast warning in Revelations 13: 16-18.

This verse says: ‘It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.’

The chips used are the same ones found in some passports and payment cards. Districts across the nation are slowly adopting them because most school budgets are tied to daily attendance.

But U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled on Tuesday that since school officials agreed to remove the RFID-chip, her religious beliefs were no longer be violated, even if administrators made her wear the regular ID badge.

‘The accommodation offered by the district is not only reasonable it removes plaintiff’s religious objection from legal scrutiny all together,’ Garcia wrote.

When Andrea refused to wear the badge around her neck, she was notified by the school district that she would not be able to attend John Jay High SchoolSuspension: When Andrea refused to wear the badge around her neck, she was notified by the school district that she would not be able to attend John Jay High School

Andrea’s lawsuit was brought by the Rutherford Institute, which blasted Garcia’s decision.

“By declaring Andrea Hernandez’s objections to be a secular choice and not grounded in her religious beliefs, the district court is placing itself as an arbiter of what is and is not religious. This is simply not permissible under our constitutional scheme, and we plan to appeal this immediately,” the institute said in statement, according to Wired.

The institute said it would appeal to to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Andrea’s father, Steven, has been an outspoken critic of the system, saying even removing the ID chip wasn’t enough.

He earlier told InfoWars that by removing the ID chip, ‘That destroys the argument that the purpose to track students for attendance purposes.’

NISD wants to eventually force all 100K students in the sprawling district’s 112 school buildings to wear the chipped badges.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259654/San-Antonio-student-Andrea-Hernandez-loses-court-battle-refusing-wear-ID-tag-GPS-tracker.html#ixzz2HVGx8KS8

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Posted on January 9, 2013, in Politics, Religion / Faith, US Politics and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Regardless of whether this is truly the “mark of the beast” according to the Bible, the fact that they are tagging and tracking students like this, imho, is treating them like beasts/livestock without rights to privacy – even if they choose to skip class. Young people need to learn to develop common sense and responsibility – and they will not do this if they are increasingly treated like cattle rather than as maturing individuals. It should not be this difficult to take attendance – it has never required this much technology. If the people running the school can’t track attendance in a simpler way, then they themselves are seriously failing.

  2. Though of course, perhaps part of what would be most disturbing about the biblical mark of the beast would indeed be a resulting degradation of the individual, freedom, and privacy to the eventual treatment of human beings like livestock, made possible through this type of technology that is now being tested on populations who are less able/likely to protest, minors.

    • I agree, the school system should use the money for those RFID tags and either hire new teachers, buy new books and study materials for students or renovate/ update school facilities. It is amazing how the technology that was only used to keep track of pets and livestock, is being used on human beings, and eventually you wont’ be able to buy or sell unless you have a chip on your body as mentioned in Bible. This technology is now being tested on the future of our society which is today’s student population. All that is needed is another generation to pass before the majority of the population will be accept this type of tracking technology.

      • “All that is needed is another generation to pass before the majority of the population will be accept this type of tracking technology”: Yes – that’s really disturbing! Somehow, it is this particular article that raised that alarm for me – the fact that the controversy about it seems to surround her religious beliefs, rather than the attention being on this tracking system.

  3. Why are they making it look like she lost in court? The school has to give her an ID without the RFID tracking chip. This is a win. All the students should refuse the RFID ID cards. If she is refusing to wear ANY type of ID card, she is wrong and SHOULD loose. We are all looking at school security these days. How can anyone tell if someone is allowed on camopus if there are no IDs. She will have a hard time finding a job as well as many employers require photo ID badges for facility security. Then again, I believe Berger King doesn’t require employee IDs to be worn.

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