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666 DiceA fundamentalist Christian in Georgia is suing the company that fired him because he refused to wear a sticker with the number “666” on it. The AP reports via the Washington Post On Faith blog on this metaphysical lunacy (WebCite cached article):

A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a ‘666’ sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation.

Billy E. Hyatt claims he was fired from Pliant Corp., a plastics factory in northern Georgia near Dalton, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days. That number is considered the “mark of the beast” in the Bible’s Book of Revelation describing the apocalypse.

Hyatt, who said he’s a devout Christian, had worked for the north Georgia plastics company since June 2007 and like other employees wore stickers each day that proclaimed how long the factory had gone without an accident.

Most of us would consider 666 accident-free days in a plant to be a good thing, not a bad one, but Hyatt’s metaphysical beliefs don’t permit that kind of a rational conclusion.

CNN also offers this video report on Hyatt and his lawsuit:

Note about this interview: The reporter refers to the final book of the New Testament as “Revelations,” but that’s not its name. It’s “Revelation.” Singular. Just one “revelation,” not many “revelations.” This is a common mistake, but many people make it nonetheless.

Two more observations about the video: About the 0:55 mark, Hyatt claims “it’s not just a sticker.” Unfortunately for him, the truth of the matter is that it most assuredly is “just a sticker,” and nothing he says about it can ever make it anything other than “just a sticker.”

Also, Hyatt apparently imagines himself a martyr for Jesus. Around the 1:18 mark — right near the the end of the piece — he says:

“One of these days, I know I’m going to lose my life for not wanting to accept the Mark of the Beast.”

That’s right, folks … the guy actually fantasizes about being martyred. Who says the age-old Christian persecution complex isn’t alive and well, and living in Dalton, GA?

Photo credit: connerdowney.

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