New.com.au (Australia), Jan. 18, 2003
A small Bible college is fighting to change its telephone number because the 666 prefix is disturbing to Christians who recognise it as the biblical mark of Satan.
“People say, ‘You’re a Bible college and you have 666 in your phone number?'” said Carlene Light, an office worker at Kentucky Mountain Bible College.
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“It’s the connotation. No one wants to be part of the mark of the beast.”
The conservative, non-denominational Christian college on a hillside in eastern Kentucky has been trying for months to persuade a telephone company to change the number.
Rob Roy MacGregor, the college’s vice president for business affairs, said staff and students want the number changed to a second prefix, 693, that recently was added after all the 666 numbers were taken.