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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Military Scopes Inscribed With Bible Verses

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CNN reports that Trijicon, manufacturer of high quality rifle scopes, has been placing references to Bible verses on the scopes they sell to the US Military. Obviously, the high ranking military and political folks are appalled that Trijicon would do this. General Petraeus says, "I hope you can sense ... this is of serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan because it can indeed create a perception that is absolutely contrary to what it is that we have sought to do", also, he said U.S. troops are much more sensitive "about this kind of thing,"apparently, than is the contractor involved.
A Trijicon rep released a statement that they had been doing this for the past 20 years, but that they would willingly stop doing this in the future. What motivated them to place Bible verses on these optics? "As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation."
Trijicon engraved these verses on all scopes sold to military around the world. An Israeli soldier contacted Trijicon and got the following information: "Each Trijicon Scope model has a specific Scriptural Reference. All of the Trijicon ACOG 4x32 model scopes have "JN8:12" on them. All Trijicon Reflex Scopes have "2COR4:6" on them. All Trijicon TA55 ACOG 5.5x50 Scopes have "MT5:16"and all Accupoint scopes have REV21:23."

Personally, I don't really care about the Bible verses on rifle scopes. What bothers me is how America is now bending over backwards to kiss our enemy's rear!

"Allowing religious references to be placed on U.S. weaponry, which are bought and paid for by U.S. taxpayers, is unacceptable," Muslim Public Affairs Council Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati wrote in a letter, according to the council's Web site.

Oh wow! And funding your organization, as I'm sure we're doing, with taxpayer dollars is acceptable?

"Such inscriptions not only run afoul of the Constitution and U.S. military rules, but they also feed into the violent extremists' narrative that the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are a 'crusade against Islam'.

Ummm, that pretty much sums it up! I mean, we are at war here, aren't we?

Update:
Fox News reported earlier that:

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command initially said the Trijicon sights didn't violate the ban (which bars proselytizing by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq) and compared the citations on the sights to the "In God We Trust" inscription printed on U.S. currency.

Very good point!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Excellent post Sir!
Please keep it up.
~Johann

January 23, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Johann Van De Leeuw said...

I'm going to have to get one of their scopes. That's awesome!
~Johann

January 23, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

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