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 website. They appear to have removed it after the report. (My bad: the link does go to that statement).