Monday, January 18, 2010

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

Here's something odd for you: apparently ACOG1 gun sights manufactured for the U.S. military by a company called Trijicon have Bible verses incorporated into their serial numbers and/or otherwise printed on them. The company's other sighting systems also have the references. For example, Trijicon reflex scopes have "2COR4:6" stamped on them, a reference to a New Testament passage which reads:
For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (NRSV)
I suspect that no one would notice these references were they not looking for them, and according to Trijicon their products have also been emblazoned with Biblical references.2 That being said, the United States has spent the last eight years trying to assure the Muslim world that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't just some fundie Christian religiouse crusade, and now we're going to have Al-Qaeda lunatics pointing to these ill-placed Bible verses to back up their claims that there's a holy war going on.

1.) ACOG sights, or Advanced Combat Optical Guides, are commonly used as the sighting system for modern assault rifles. Most U.S. military guns use some form of Trijicon product, and the company is currently signed to a $660 million contract with the government.

2.) Trijicon was founded by a hardline Christian. The company website even states that the goodness of America is "based on biblical standards".

1 comment:

Miles Rind said...

The Onion has the answer to the question in your title.