Is an Islamic terrorist killed by a weapon using this sight any more dead than if not?
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 to ABCNews.com 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.” The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.
I’m thinking not, so what’s the big deal? Oh yeah, this is going to offend someone’s sensibilities. Probably not any US military members who would be using them, because they got bigger problems I am thinking – like sighting in on some guy trying to kill them. Of course, the Army will have it changed quickly since they can’t even come up with the guts to say the Fort Hood shooting was terrorism in their official report, much less have the balls deal with this none-issue. And I imagine the Marines, as tough as they are, will also fold because, well, they will just have to because our civilian leadership doesn’t want to offend the people it is killing.
Must have happy faces on the dead bodies of our enemies, you know.
As to Muslims using the sight being offended. Screw-em. Give em guns without sights then and see how they do.
Stormbringer has an excellent post about this in which he gives an historical prospective and also in which disagrees with me on the seriousness of the whole thing. I get his point about the Crusades and all, but I personally don’t believe you can inflame non-radical Muslims by something like this. And absent a mass conversion to Islam by all Americans I don’t see how anything we do or don’t do will make any difference in the attitude of those radical Muslims already trying to kill us. This is a religious war to them no matter how we see it and while I don’t believe we should be taking up banners with Crosses on them, I certainly don’t think worrying about some small detail like this makes a difference one way or the other.
Then again I’m sitting back here fat dumb and happy now so maybe it’s easier for me to brush this aside as political correctness gone wild and not a potential threat to the guys and gals out there fighting now. So if it does endanger our troops then get rid of them. I just don’t see how it does.