Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rifle sights used by U.S. carry Bible references

WASHINGTON - 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.



Warthog said...

Interesting article. I think it is funny that the versus are all about light, its appropriate for the optic.

However, I see the points against. This will be removed from future optics I am sure. I do not believe they did this strictly for religious purposes, but more to be witty.

If it was my private optic and weapon I wouldn't care, but no need to rile the natives and lose a great sight over something so trivial.

MediumX said...

I didn’t have time to write what I thought when I posted this so I am gunna do it now.

I personally do not have a problem with this but I could see why some people would because it puts someone’s beliefs on them, and I would not want that EVER. But I don’t care what the company does. They could put quotes from the book of satin in there for all I care. simply looking at a quote from the bible is not offending me, nor does it make me mad, because if I don’t like it I can simply look the other way, or not buy their product. That’s my choice to make. Not everyone knows this but In and Out burger puts the same kind of thing on their packaging, Look at the bottom of one of their cups some time. Chic-fil-a for the longest time wasn’t open on Sundays, because it’s a Mormon owned company (they still might not be but its been a while since I have been there). And the biggest one of all, our money. on every single piece of American currency says “In God We Trust”. ……..SO WHAT!

The bottom line is people need to realize what makes this country great, and that is people’s right to choose. My neighbor can believe anything he wants or can do anything he wants, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my right to do the same and he is not hurting anything or anyone.