Palm scanners have Louisiana religious nuts all upset.

The folks at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana are implementing a new high-tech method for kids to pay for school lunches and some Christians there are seriously not happy about it. The new palm scanning system uses an infrared light to scan the unique pattern of veins in the kid’s hands to ID them and automatically charges their account. This allows the kids to move through the line more quickly and with fewer billing mistakes.

Outraged parent Mamie Sonnier. She knows what it’s going to end up coming to.

Cue the religious nutcases who articulate their opposition in almost literate fashion:

While the letter notes that parents can opt their children out of the program, parent Mamie Sonnier told KPLC-TV that she was angry and disappointed by the program, as the scanner violates her beliefs. She contends that if the scanners actually make it to the school cafeteria, she’ll be transferring her kids to another school.

“As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” Sonnier said. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.”

I had to boldface that part of the sentence because it really brings home the education level of the people we’re dealing with here.

I was once a Baptist and I can remember being told that in the final days when the Antichrist had taken over the world that everyone who was left would have to accept the mark of the beast to be able to do much of anything like buy food, pay rent, etc.. That said, I’m not sure how she figures this is the mark of the beast. This thing doesn’t tattoo you or imprint anything on you, it just reads the patterns of the blood vessels in your hand. It’s not reading anything that isn’t already there. Plus, as near as I can tell, the Antichrist hasn’t shown up yet, Tea Party member’s insistence that it’s Obama not withstanding.

Though I suppose if you believe in all-powerful entities living in the sky that demand you spend a good portion of your time telling them how awesome they are that it’s probably not too much of a stretch to see the mark of the beast in time-saving and error reducing technological systems.