Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Supply-side Jesus Guns

The arms contract in question here is another hangover from the Bush/GOP regime.

Jesus-scopes Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian." The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.

'It violates the Constitution'

The company's vision is described on its Web site: "Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom."

"We believe that America is great when its people are good," says the Web site. "This goodness has been based on Biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals."

Spokespeople for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps both said their services were unaware of the biblical markings. They said officials were discussing what steps, if any, to take in the wake of the ABCNews.com report. It is not known how many Trijicon sights are currently in use by the U.S. military.

The biblical references appear in the same type font and size as the model numbers on the company's Advanced Combat Optical Guides, called the ACOG.

A photo on a Department of Defense Web site shows Iraqi soldiers being trained by U.S. troops with a rifle equipped with the bible-coded sights.

"It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael "Mikey" Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military.

'Firearms of Jesus Christ'

"It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles," he said.

Weinstein, an attorney and former Air Force officer, said many members of his group who currently serve in the military have complained about the markings on the sights. He also claims they've told him that commanders have referred to weapons with the sights as "spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ."

He said coded biblical inscriptions play into the hands of "those who are calling this a Crusade."…

Inserted from <Common Dreams>

As a Christian, I find this practice highly offensive and remind you that the gospel of fear, greed and intolerance comes from Supply-side Jesus, the invention of the GOP and the American Taliban, and has nothing to do with the real Jesus’ teachings or practices.

From a practical perspective, this is a great recruiting tool for Muslim extremists, their hateful equivalent to our religious right.  In my opinion, all these scopes should be recalled, and the offending inscriptions removed at company expense.  Their contract should be cancelled, and they should be banned from further government contracting.

That the Army and Marine Corps were unaware of this is an obvious lie that reemphasized the need for Obama to clean house at Defense to remove the Bush/GOP ideologues, starting with Robert Gates.


Kevin Kelley said...

This falls in line with conservative's assertion that this is a Christian nation...

I assume that the top people were aware of these markings. You don't just buy a product for millions of dollars without doing your research.

TomCat said...

That's the way I see it, Kevin.

the walking man said...

The only thing that concerns me is that these few Michigan jobs are preserved. i doubt seriously as long as the gun sights are good the ones using them care much about any markings on them other than the ones that allow them to dial the sight in.

TomCat said...

Mark, you're probably correct on that, but you'd better believe that AQ knows about this and is using it to support their propaganda that the US is conducting a jihad against Islam.