That’s weird. While I admire their christian devotion, putting Bible verses on a gun?
WASHINGTON – Army officials said Tuesday they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The references have stoked concerns by a watch dog group about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops. But military officials said the citations don’t violate the ban and they won’t stop using the tens of thousands of telescoping sights that have already been bought.
The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: “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,” the King James version reads.
“I don’t have to wonder for a nanosecond how the American public would react if citations from the Quran were being inscribed onto these U.S. armed forces gun sights instead of New Testament citations,” Weinstein said. The foundation is a nonprofit organization opposed to religious favoritism within the military. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which manages military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the sights don’t violate the ban on proselytizing because there’s no effort to distribute the equipment beyond the U.S. troops who use them.
“This situation is not unlike the situation with U.S. currency,” said the spokesman, Air Force Maj. John Redfield. “Are we going to stop using money because the bills have ‘In God We Trust’ on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they’ll continue to be used.” Gary Tallman, an Army spokesman, said the service was not aware of the markings. But Army acquisition experts will determine if Trijicon violated any procurement regulations, he said.
Munson, Trijicon’s sales director, said the practice of putting Bible references on the sites began nearly 30 years ago by Trijicon’s founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in a plane crash in 2003. His son Stephen, Trijicon’s president, has continued the practice.
Of course, in their objections to Bible verses on weapons of war the Libs fall back on their usual “separation of church and state” angle here. As per formula. The government bought the guns, and here are signs of christianity outside the four walls of a church. Pat Robertson’s theocracy! And then the old reliable moral equivalency tack– if Bible verses can be used, why not Koranic verses! It’s so unfair! zzzzz. lol.
Trijicon is not entirely lacking in arguments supporting it’s bible-stamped weapon sights. But what I do find utterly bizarre is that it wouldn’t occur to Trijicon (great sights, by the way) and the U.S. military how this might impact our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. In case they hadn’t noticed, those are MUSLIM countries we’re in. We aren’t just trying to kill as many jihadis as humanly possible, we’re also trying to win over the populace– a MUSLIM populace. How does it make Afghan and Iraqi soldiers look in the eyes of their own people when they’re firing “christian” weapons? Dahoy!
And another thing. CCHQ does not by any means endorse a pacifist Christianity. There’s a reason why Peter was carrying a sword in Gethsemene when Jesus told him to holster it. But are weapons of war really the vehicle by which we want to spread God’s word? Is that the kind of image christianity should project to the unchurched in the farthest corners of the globe? That, in a word, is insanity.