It is the year 2015, and there are still people, including elected officials, who can't hang with the number 666. Because of Satan.

The Hill reports:

Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) isn't about to have his prized legislation get tagged with a 666 — the number of the beast.

Barton on Wednesday successfully changed the bill number for his legislation repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports from 666, a figure frequently tied to the antichrist and Satanism, to the more anodyne 702.

"It quickly became clear that the original bill number carried many different negative connotations," Barton spokesman Sean Brown said in an email. "We decided it was best to change it so people will focus on the content of the legislation, not the bill number."


The number 666 has been assigned to Congressional bills in the past, with no apparent demonic fallout:

H. Res. 666 in the 112th Congress expressed the House's sense that Medicare should not be changed for any citizens over the age of 55. In the 113th Congress, H.R. 666 reaffirmed the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.


But this isn't the first time 666 has made headlines by forcing itself on some innocent believer in superstition. Avid watchers of Satanic headlines will recall the high school cross-country runner who refused to participate in a 2013 race because she was assigned guess which number.

Yep. Seems like an apt moment to just leave ... this ... here ...

Via Newsweek.

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