In fact, Fischer took things a step further. Referring to a case in Louisiana, where the state board of funeral directors unsuccessfully sought to prevent a local monastery from selling caskets without a funeral director's license, Fischer stated that government licensing requirements were actually the Mark of the Beast.
"Well what is that?" Fischer asked. "That's the Mark of the Beast. You can't buy, you can't sell without permission from the Beast, without permission from the government. So anytime you've got the government involved in deciding who gets to engage in commerce and who doesn't and they can't engage in commerce unless they get some kind of official permission from the government, that's the Mark of the Beast."
As expected, Fischer had absolutely nothing, factual or Biblical, to base this on beyond his own personal prejudices.
Today, Obama held a press conference to mark the reopening of government and to call upon Congress to act, at the end of which he thanked the many government employees who, among other things, "protect the air we breathe and the water our children drink."
It is that kind of service which Fischer now claims is the Mark of the Beast.