Biblical gunsights for our troops

January 20, 2010 • 6:37 am

The BBC, bless them, reports that U.S. (and soon British) troops are using guns with Biblical verses inscribed on the gunsights. This incursion of Christianity into official government business has been going on for decades, but was just reported by an advocacy group,  US Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), that opposes the entanglement of faith and the military. The BBC notes:

The markings include “2COR4:6” and “JN8:12”, relating to verses in the books of II Corinthians and John.

Trijicon, the US-based manufacturer, was founded by a devout Christian, and says it runs to “Biblical standards”.

But military officials in the US and UK have expressed concern over the way the markings will be perceived.

The company has added the references to its sights for many years, but the issue surfaced only recently when soldiers complained to an advocacy group. . .

John 8:12 reads: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The nod to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, found on the company’s Reflex sight, references the text: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” . . .

MRFF president Mikey Weinstein says the inscriptions could give the Taliban and other enemy forces a propaganda tool.

“I don’t have to wonder for a nanosecond how the American public would react if citations from the Koran were being inscribed onto these US armed forces gunsights instead of New Testament citations,” he said.

The BBC also reports this:

The company states on its website: “We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals.

but I can’t find that statement on Trijicon’s websiteThey appear to have removed it after the report. (My bad: the link does go to that statement).

h/t: otter

23 thoughts on “Biblical gunsights for our troops

  1. Stories like this make me lose all faith (ha!) that man will eventually overcome their superstitious beliefs. It seems like the more we push back against Evangelical Christianity the harder they dig in and force it down our throats.

    My husband attended an engineering conf. where he was a guest speaker. He was in the audience waiting for the next guest speaker (someone he was wanting to hear). The speaker got up to the stage and started to “witness” how Jesus saved him and how god came into his life and he wanted to thank Jesus for all the goodness in his life. Then he asked everyone to bow their heads in prayer. My husband is still shocked and pissed over this. An engineering convention? Really? When will this madness stop???

    1. That must have been embarrasing. Something similar happened with me when my grandparents became members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They were people that I admired, but then they were brainwashed and became religious automatons. What a shame.

  2. You say you can’t find the reference on the site, but the link you provided goes to the right page — at the bottom of the “Trijicom’s Values” section is the “Morality” bullet.

    Thanks for the post. It is amazing what the power of magical thinking leads people to do.

  3. In cleaning up this mess, I expect the US government to charge this company with all expenses to replace these offensive gunsights and to give them a fine (triple is usual) for violating the constitution.

    1. However, if they do fine them, the company will then have to pay the government with its own money – which has “In God We Trust” on every coin and bill.

  4. And in a related news story, a group of elderly German WW II veterans have protested the government use of the slogan “Gott Mit Uns” on their belt buckles (don’t ask me for the link, it’s a joke silly).

    1. “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” Swords are rather passe now, it’s not a big jump to use “gun” in the place of “sword”.

  5. Trijicon, the US-based manufacturer, was founded by a devout Christian, and says it runs to “Biblical standards”.

    does that mean all their engineering is in cubits?

  6. Does someone have a list of the various Biblical citations used? I’ve always been partial to Matthew 6:5-6.

  7. And so the religious insanity continues.

    Something similar, but far less dangerous, happened here in secular Sweden. Turns out a successful producer of pedestrian light maneuvering units had a religious CEO and used the simplified universal/handicap signs to disguise a self-made religious symbol. Or so he claims.

    The “press here” hand is placed pointing up as a symbol of pointing to the sky gods. Yes, the units are upside down – at the moment of pressing you may hide the indicator for a successful press. And the “pedestrian” man symbol is place below as a symbol of standing.

    If anyone is distraught by this, they are welcome to their reaction. For the sane of us it symbolizes the inanity of religion. And/or the CEO.

  8. have they asked the soldiers how they feel? couldnt the soldiers overwrite the quote with E=mc2, for example, so we dont forgte what we really made of?

  9. What should be done about the Mountain of the Holy Cross? It’s in the rocky mountains in Colorado, and was discovered about 1869 or so. Looks just like a big religious cross on the mountain, and you don’t have to use your imagination like with a image on a flour tortilla – it’s a perfectly shaped cross. Herbert Hoover designated it a national monument back in the 1920’s. The important thing is that it’s on federal property, and it shouldn’t be – and Hoover should have known better than to make it a national monument. We need to get rid of that illegal unconstitutional mountain. Gun sights are nothing, they’ll be obsolete in a few years and for sale for pennies in the back pages of Shotgun News. But that terrible mountain – it’s likely to exist for centuries if something isn’t done. Can’t we get them to change the rock formation, or at least the name?

    1. Per Wikipedia: In 1950, it was returned to the Forest Service and lost its National Monument status — the number of visitors to the mountain and the nearby “Pilgrim’s Hut” had waned, and the expense of fulltime staff could not be justified.

      1. Well, yes. But – the mountain is still there, it’s still on government land, it still has a religious symbol on it, and it still has a religious name.

        And now this – the revelation (pardon me for using that word), that they have downgraded its monument status and closed the concession stands. Do you know what that means? It means they are trying to hide it!!!!!!! What will they do next? Perhaps rename it as the Mountain of the Unfinished Tic-Tac-Toe Board?

      2. Is Barry actually saying that making the likeness of a religious symbol a national monument is comparable with an act that threatens lives and perpetuating conflict?

  10. In WWII it was common to paint inscriptions on bombs and airplanes. I’m hardly a follower of this stuff, but I don’t seem to recall seeing pix of any labelled with semi-cryptic references to scripture. (Can anyone else?) The lack of such evidence seems to further support the notion that religious stridency is ascendant.

  11. As ‘Biblical Standards’ includes God calling for the massacre of complete populations, it does make you wonder if this particular brand of Christian actually reads the Bible.

    1. Isnt it striking that has taken humanity hundred of thousands of years to manutacture the same killing power than one eartquake ?

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