Bonnie F. Kaite says that she lost her school bus driving job in Altoona, Pennsylvania, because she refused to get fingerprinted due to her Christian beliefs. She has filed a federal lawsuit that asserts she is a victim of religious discrimination.
Kaite, who worked for the Altoona Student Transportation Inc., said in her lawsuit that she had to undergo a criminal background check, which included fingerprinting, notes the Altoona Mirror.
Kaite noted in her lawsuit that the "Book of Revelation" warns believers not to get the "mark of the devil," which is what she considers fingerprinting.
As a matter of biblical record, there is no mention or description of fingerprinting.
Fingerprinting does not involve putting a mark on the right hand or forehead to sell or purchase goods, which is mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18, notes Bible Hub:
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Kaite's lawsuit says that she was fired after asking that her religious beliefs be accommodated: "Despite Kaite’s request for an accommodation for her religious beliefs, (her employer) informed her on or around Dec. 30, 2015, that no accommodations were available and that due to her failure to comply with the fingerprinting requirement, she was terminated effective Dec. 31, 2015."
The Altoona Mirror notes that Pennsylvania has strengthened its background checks for those who have direct contact with children because of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case.
Kaite's lawsuit insists that another employee at Altoona Student Transportation Inc. was given an option instead of the fingerprint check.
A spokesman for Altoona Student Transportation Inc. referred questions to the company's human resources director, while Kaite's lawyer said the ex-bus driver is still unemployed.