There's more coming in surrounding the shocking story I blogged about yesterday in which ABC News revealed that our Military is being armed with rifle scopes that have Christian Bible Scripture imprinted on them. These guns are not only being used by our military in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, but also being used to train the Iraqi and Afghan soldiers that are supposed to be our allies in these Muslim countries.
This has caused huge concerns not only because the Military specifically prohibits the proselytizing of any religion, but also because it could further enflame the idea that the US Military is on a Christian Crusade in Muslim countries.
Now the Marine Corps has announced that it will be meeting with the Michigan-based optics maker, Trijicon Inc, to discuss the verses and the multi-year deal worth up to $660 million, saying:
we are aware of the issue and concerned with how this may be perceived.
You think? Well, it seems Trijicon doesn't really care because we are a Christian Nation and wishes all you heathens would shut up. Their response after the jump.
In a new statement just released, the company explained:
For two generations our Michigan-based family owned business has been working to provide America's military men and women with high quality, innovative sighting systems for the weapons they use. Our effort is simple and straightforward: to help our servicemen and women win the war on terror and come home safe to their families.
As part of our faith and our belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades. As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation.
This of, of course, comes after their earlier response:
anybody who complains is not a Christian.
I'm glad they have their faith, which is their right, but to stamp it on weapons that are used by our Military? And for the Military to "not be aware" of the potentially damaging and dangerous consequences of how it is perceived and used as propaganda in the Muslim world? Not mention how generally creepy it is?
That's more than an oversight.
Don't think this a big deal? Here are some of the inscriptions.
"JN8:12," a reference to John 8:12, a Christian gospel reference:
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
"2COR4:6," which refers 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.
More disturbing is the revelation from Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation that commanders have referred to weapons with the sights as "spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ."
Sounds a lot like proselytizing to me. Great "suck it up, sinners" attitude, huh?
And I won't even get into the problem with "glorifying God" at the end of a gun. How very Christ-like.
For those of us who already see the insidious way Christian Evangelicalism has seeped into every part of our government, this is yet another red flag saying that we need to restrengthen those "separation of church and state" walls.