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January 19, 2010


ABC News - Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious crusade in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Trijicon confirmed that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian."

. . . "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael "Mikey" Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

. . . "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws,"

It violates Christianity. "Then Jesus said to him, Return the sword to its place; for all who take swords shall die by swords." Matt.26:52

January 19, 2010 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When my wife found out about this, she said, "Can they get any crazier?"

January 19, 2010 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are more offended by the inscriptions on the scopes than they are by what the soldiers are doing with the rifles.

January 19, 2010 9:01 PM  
Anonymous what do i know? said...

Just as people should be offended by murder, e.g. the recent execution of eight handcuffed children probably by Blackwater xe whatever in Afghanistan, they are correctly offended by the arms manufacturer selling death with scripture, smearing the sublime with the obscene.

January 19, 2010 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Gary Fee said...

How is it that no less than three ABC News "reporters" think that the most common reference abbreviations used by almost all of Christendom for almost four centuries for arguably the world's most widely read book are a "secret code"? I can't wait until they uncover what the R and D behind politicians' names means!

It should be noted, however, that Trijicon sights utilize illuminated reticles, and these biblical references may be no more significant than an attempt at clever, if in very poor taste, commercial advertisement. Nonetheless, it would have been one thing to stamp such light-related scriptural verses on electric torches sold to the Red Cross, but stamping them on gun sights sold to the US military for the express purpose of killing Muslims is a bit over the top. Trijicon's claim that 'it's okay because it's not illegal' hardly diffuses the PR nightmare, and subsequent loss of contracts, they've just caused themselves.

January 20, 2010 10:02 AM  

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