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Georgia church declares ID cards 'Satan-free'

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120706-357727.html Georgia church declares ID cards Satan-free AFP Friday, Jul 06, 2012
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      Georgia church declares ID cards 'Satan-free'
      AFP
      Friday, Jul 06, 2012

      TBILISI - Georgia's powerful Orthodox Church has assured believers that
      the ex-Soviet state's new electronic identity cards do not carry the
      mark of Satan after being petitioned by worried worshippers.

      "The Holy Synod states that from the point of view of theological and
      ecclesiastical teachings, ID cards as they exist today do not represent
      the mark of the Antichrist," the Church's governing body said in a
      statement late Thursday.

      Some Georgian Christians had petitioned the Church, expressing fears
      that the ID cards contained an electronic chip marked with the 'number
      of the beast', 666.

      The Holy Synod responded by saying that although there was no religious
      argument against the cards, citizens should have the right to choose
      what kind of ID document they carry.

      The high-tech electronic cards give citizens access to a range of state
      services online and can also act as a 'digital signature' for official
      documents.

      Georgia is a largely pious Christian nation where the Church wields huge
      influence and the Orthodox Patriarch is the single most respected figure
      in society.
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