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The Holy Synod has not found "a seal of Antichrist" in the Georgian electronic IDs.2012-07-06 16:47
The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church has recognized the new electronic identity cards of Georgia, made in the form of plastic cards (ID card), did not violate the canons of the Orthodox Church, the News-Georgia reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"According to the church and theological teachings, current ID cards are not a "seal of Antichrist", said in a statement of Patriarch of Georgia, issued on July 6 after a meeting of the Holy Synod, held the night before. Among others issues they also discussed the new electronic IDs.
"You can use these ID cards, but since they have caused controversy among the (Georgian) public, we have filed a petition to the Government of Georgia to allow using other alternative identity document", said in a statement.
As recalled by the Vestnik Kavkaza, the new electronic ID cards are being issued in Georgia since August 1, 2011. ID card is a high-tech identity card, which is the most protected from tampering. ID card allows you to put digital signatures on electronic documents, and under applicable law, such documents have the legal effect.
These ID cards sparked protests from a number of clergymen and representatives of the religious community, who argued that these identification cards contained a "dangerous electronic chip and the number 666". There was established collection of signatures of the believers under the requirement to retain the old ID cards without an electronic chip.