Skip to comments.US firm backs off on 'Bible' scopes
Posted on 01/21/2010 9:16:10 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Thursday, announcing it was providing the military with kits to remove them. Muslim and religious freedom groups have reacted angrily after it emerged that Trijicon has contracts to supply over 800,000 of the gunsights to the US military.
Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where the US military presence is already bitterly resented.
The Wixom, Michigan company said it has inscribed references to the New Testament on the metal casings of its gunsights for over two decades.
But it said it would supply the military with 100 kits "to enable the removal of the references that are already on products that are currently deployed."
Among the coded inscriptions were JN8:12, an apparent reference to John 8:12: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
The company currently has a multi-year, 660-million-dollar contract with the US Marine Corps and other contracts with the US Army to supply the scopes.
Just under 300,000 of the gunsights are currently fielded, 220,000 by the marines and between 70,000 and 75,000 by the army, a Pentagon official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Trijicon said it had taken the step "in response to concerns raised by the Department of Defense" and to "ensure the war-time production needs of the troops are met as quickly as possible."
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It is unbelievable to me how everyone seems to cave in to the Mooooslims.
I agree. I saw nothing wrong with having these “codes” on them.
The DOD raised concerns after loud objections were raised by Michael Weinstein, president of the "Military Religious Freedom Foundation".
Of course, I do believe that the inscriptions might have been imprudent..
For shame! To remove the inscriptions!
My dad used to say they are no atheist in fox holes
How about just put kill a commie for mommie on them
Be prepared to see aged scrolls of the constitution, and stuff...you half expect to see Thomas Jefferson stroll out, HAHAHAHAH..!!
That's the great thing about Islam and it's teachings...they mean whatever works for the moment...just like Liberalism.
Somehow the inscription "JN8:12" is dangerous to troops, but this isn't:
Maybe we should stop sending US money to foreign countries, since it has “In God We Trust” written on it.
As I said on another thread: I don’t know what’s worse; the godless Libtards who made a big deal over this, or the gutless Christians at Trijicon who gave up without a fight...
Live Free or Die!
Michael Weinstein is an anti military, leftist, shrew, that looks for any way that he can cause trouble for the military, he concentrates on anything related to God or religion.
Michael Weinstein is a USAF JAG puke who —get ready— did work for Ronaldus Maximus, then worked for Perot, and since 2006 has been waging jihad for Secular Fundamentalism against Evangelicals (full disclosure —I am not an evangelical).
I think it’s FINE he’s Jewish —I’m tickled he worked for Ronny, but...has he lost SITE of who is the real enemy here...?
HE is verrrry proud of this attack on Trijicon & Christianity, and at his website clips of news report of his attacks are front and center —he really believes this stuff.
here is a little nostalgia art from WWII, when our country was a bit more sane..
DING...DING...DING....we have a winner! (....but, please don't give the muzzies any ideas...they'll be requesting it be taken off of our bills.)
That is Newspeak for "religious-intolerance" groups.
Fine. Just paint “Allahu Ahkbar” on the nose of a nuke and drop it on those ROPers.
At the In 'n' Out restaurants, they have Bible references on the bottom of their cups. I went there because they had great burgers, not because of the cups.
The cause of Christ and the gospel will not be frustrated if these references are omitted from scopes in the future.
Muslims (supposedly) revere Jesus as a great prophet. They aren’t going to object. Its marxists who get heartburn at any kind of biblical reference. And anything military.
It's also appalling that these would be provided to our troops as standard issue equipment. Not all of our troops are Christian, and Jews are as likely as Muslims to have a religious objection to being expected to use weapons bearing New Testament inscriptions. It was absolutely idiotic for the manufacturer to be doing this, and any millitary official who knew about it and didn't put an immediate stop to it, should be facing disciplinary action.
I'm on it. He will be exposed.
“God” is pretty generic, and even sane atheists don’t object to it, since it can be construed as just a symbolic name for whatever great unknown force accounts for the existence of the universe.
And just how many moslems would know what those letters ment? How many would have abible handy and how many could read the letters in their proper order?
Much ado about nothing, but the DUrs are going balistic over them and Al Jezera has reported about it.
Does anyone think that if we chisel the reference off of the scope, the muslims will forget that we aren’t muslim?
Yeah, because until this story came out, everything was peachy.......
I’ve been curious about this, since all the “codes” I’ve seen reference “light”: are these night sights?
Yes, light in the darkness.
Its very apt. Its a fake controversy.