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US firm backs off Jesus Sharpshooter Rifle scopes ^

Posted on 01/22/2010 12:29:24 AM PST by DTAD

WASHINGTON: A US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, announcing it was providing kits to remove them.

Muslim and religious freedom groups reacted angrily after it emerged this week that Trijicon has multi-million-dollar contracts to supply hundreds of thousands of the gunsights to the US military.

Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where US military presence is already bitterly resented.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bible; defensecontractors; jesus; religion; rifle; scripture; trijicon; usmilitary

1 posted on 01/22/2010 12:29:25 AM PST by DTAD
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Muslim and religious freedom groups

No. Marxists, Islamists, antiwar pressure groups and their pals in the press created a phony controversy.

2 posted on 01/22/2010 12:31:30 AM PST by marron
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There is nothing about the verses on the gun sights for them to compromise principles and back off from.

3 posted on 01/22/2010 12:34:21 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
"Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where US military presence is already bitterly resented."

Yeh, I'm sure removing Biblical passage references from rifle scopes will lessen the desire of the islamists to kill our troops... kinda like zero's 'kinder, gentler' tack prevented the eunuch bomber's attempt.

This childish political correctness garbage continues to distract us from real / dangerous issues.
4 posted on 01/22/2010 1:06:05 AM PST by plsjr (<>< ... - check it out!)
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What an enormous steaming, stinking, festering pile of Bravo Sierra! And how small of the head shed to take such a tone.

“...The coded descriptions are not obvious, appearing in raised lettering immediately following the stock number on the metal casing of the gunsights. The scopes use tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters aim at their target.”

Tritium....a very long lasting light indeed

“...Among the markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight 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.”...” Perfect words for a perfect sentiment, and could just have easily been words from a sales brochure “Warriors using this sight will be able to see!”

The practice raised alarm because it broke a US military rule that strictly prohibits “proselytizing of any religion, faith or practice” in Iraq and Afghanistan, both Muslim nations.

Yeah, whatever, again, rather a small-of-character tack to take.

The upside? Maybe a bunch of these sights will be dumped into DRMO and from there, the market. Might actually be able to afford one!


5 posted on 01/22/2010 1:15:18 AM PST by petro45acp (Free Republic, the only thing working on this sorry Bagram interweb thingy! Thanks Free Republic!)
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mmm mmm mmm. What would Uncle Ted think of this!
6 posted on 01/22/2010 1:19:01 AM PST by weldAllday (Elections have Consequences)
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The fact that the Pentagon is falling all over themselves to denounce the sight’s inscription is truly pathetic. This is a non-issue if ever there was one. The hard left, atheistic, anti-military, gun banners are “offended” and couch their faux concern as worry over inciting jihadis who are caught in Trijicon’s illuminated crosshairs:
...exhale...pause...relax...squeeze...squeeze...squeeze...BAM! Now nobody’s offended. Problem solved.

7 posted on 01/22/2010 2:31:38 AM PST by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

I want one.

8 posted on 01/22/2010 2:36:39 AM PST by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: marron

It wasn’t some idiot muzzie who kicked up this fuss, it was MICHAEL WEINSTEIN, from the very dishonestly named, “Military Religious Freedom Foundation”.

He was a USAF J.A.G. puke who worked —of all people— for Ronald Reagan, then made some bucks in the private sector suing folks for Ross Perot. Then he retired at from 2006 and has for the past 4 years been waging Secular Jihad against men who treacherously fight muslim folks who throw acid on girls and say Jews are monkeys (don’t ask me).

Sounds crazy huh? He’s overweight, ugly, angry, and other bad stuff —things you can see from the news broadcast clips he has at his website:

Yes, while we are out trying to head off armageddon or widespread terror, this guy choses to focus on stuff that’s written on rifles. Yes.

I do not understand what drives this incredibly deluded, zeppelin-like insect.

9 posted on 01/22/2010 4:08:45 PM PST by gaijin
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