Michigan defense contractor has God in its sights
Combat rifle sights used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan carry references to Bible verses, stoking concerns about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops.
Military officials said the citations don’t violate the ban and they won’t stop using the telescoping sights, which allow troops to pinpoint the enemy day or night.
The contractor that makes the equipment, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., said the U.S. military has been a customer since 1995 and the company has never received any complaints about the Scripture citations.
“We don’t publicize this,” Tom Munson, Trijicon’s director of sales and marketing, said in an interview. “It’s not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, ‘Yes, it’s there.'”
The inscriptions are subtle and appear in raised lettering at the end of the stock number. Trijicon’s rifle sights use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they’re aiming for.
Markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, which is standard issue to U.S. special operations forces, include “JN8:12,” a reference to John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.‘”
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 said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Wixom firm defends rifle sights with Bible verses
A Wixom-based company, Trijicon, that makes weapons for the U.S. military has come under fire for inscribing biblical references on rifle sights it produces.
But the company defended the practice, saying in a statement released today that “as part of our faith and our belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades.”
“For two generations our Michigan-based family owned business has been working to provide America’s military men and women with high quality, innovative sighting systems for the weapons they use,” the company said in a statement released by Levick Strategic Communications in Washington D.C.
“Our effort is simple and straightforward: to help our servicemen and women win the war on terror and come home safe to their families. … 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.
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It’s real hard for me to get worked up over this. It’s just a small, unpublicized code stamped into the casing at the end of the stock number, not whole Bible verses. That it took two decades for someone to figure it out and complain about it shows just how much of a tempest in a teapot this issue is. Our money has references to God all over it, yet we still carry it around every day.
Actually, if you read the Bible verses referred to by the codes, it’s pretty clever. They refer to light out of darkness. Light amplification sights, light out of darkness, get it?
/the atheists can always use the factory issue iron sights if they don’t like it, problem solved
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