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Word: Georgia protects you from microchips, Satan

'It's a solution in search of a problem'

Acting on a threat that appears only in conspiracy theorist blogs and the Book of Revelation, the state Senate on Feb. 4 overwhelmingly passed legislation that would prohibit the implantation of a microchip in a person without their consent.

“Advances in technology are moving fast, and while most of these are for the good, we must be careful that it doesn’t come at the harm of citizens... I have no firsthand knowledge of any cases of people being implanted with microchips. I am simply trying to get ahead of this and protect the people. We don’t know what is going to happen.”

— State Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville, the bill's sponsor, defends the legislation to the AJC on Feb. 4.

"It's a solution in search of a problem... It's disappointing because we've got a lot of problems in Georgia: health care, unemployment. We ought to be dealing with those issues as opposed to worrying about a non-existent problem,"

— State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, one of two lawmakers who voted against the bill, talks to 11 Alive on Feb. 4.

"It would be funny if it weren't so sad. I can't buy beer on Sunday, but at least I won't have to worry about the Mark of the Beast. Thank you, Georgia General Assembly!"

— Libertarian blogger Jason Pye, who says the state has other pressing needs to worry about, on Feb. 4.

(File photo by Joeff Davis)