A widely-shared conspiracy theory on Facebook alleges that Obamacare requires the installation of microchips in every American by, well, last March.
Sometimes I fear for our country. Other times I just laugh.
The conspiracy, with photos to “prove” it, has been shared over 355,000 times. And while many of the shares are people laughing at the gullibility of others, I’d say at least half of the comments on the post are from people who seriously believe this.
Even weirder, the people who believe it are seriously conservative Christians who are convinced that the faux Obamacare implants are actually marks of The Beast that will herald the end of times.
Facebook user Arnold Davis, whose Facebook page is its own trip, appears to have shared a post from the Facebook page “Police State USA: Land of the Checkpoints.” The post includes a photo of someone getting a chip implanted, along with a photo of a skeleton who appears to have bursitis. The caption reads:
This is the New World Order Obama health reform
The reform includes a microchip implant to citizens in 2013
if you are against this system Share this photo and give notice to your friends this echo Next
The comments are something else. And it’s not just a few people. There’s an entire contingent of “end of times” folks – who believe the end of the world is upon us, and that Jesus is preparing to return for his two thousand year reign – chiming in, and they’re just awfully weird.
And here’s a mom who isn’t going to let Obama’s stinking doctors anywhere near her kids:
Then there’s Sharon Ball:
Actually, there’s a 3rd reason you won’t be getting the microchip, Sharon. BECAUSE IT ISN’T TRUE.
And like most conservative Christians, they’ve got an answer for everything:
One of my favorite comments is from this woman, who explains why “just because Snopes.com says that it (sic) false doesn’t mean they are right!!!”
Yes, because you can trust Snopes, a trusted Web site for debunking urban myths, or you can trust some guy on Facebook you don’t know, who claims something a bit wacky with no attribution whatsoever. So who do you believe? Yeah, figures.
Just for yucks, here is Snopes’ entry on this, starting with one of the conspiracy theory emails going around:
Obamacare law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us.
Are you ready to have your RFID Chip Implanted? 3/23/2013 is your date!
This new Health Care (Obamacare) law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this,Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: “Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it…”
Snopes calls the rumor “false,” and says the alleged photo of the microchip is in fact a new diabetes monitoring chip.
And this man raises a rather good point about all the privacy nuts using Facebook to express their concerns:
Though my favorite comment has to be from this guy:
Finally, let’s close with the wisdom of Kelly:
Oh, but they are, Kelly, they really are.