This is interesting on so many different levels.
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes
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.
Trijicon of Wixom, Michigan, confirmed that it adds the Biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. The company says the practice began under the company founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash. The company's vision is described on its web site as, "Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom."
THE TYPICAL LIBERAL KNEE JERK REACTION:
"It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military.
I don't see how. Where does it say in the Constitution that I can't write Scripture on gun parts that I sell to the government? I'm allowed to put anything I want on a product I produce, unless the government contract specifies otherwise - which in this case I think they soon will if they haven't done so already.
One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is a reference to 2 Corinthians 4:6, "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."
Another marking on the gun sights is JN8:12, reference to John 8:12, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
'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," Weinstein said.
That's RIGHT - and I'm sure this will be quite disturbing to a number of the GOOD Muslims who've been shooting jihadis with those scopes.
Iraq Provincial Security Forces sight targets through ACOGs mounted on M-16A4 rifles at a training range at Observation Post Delta in Karmah, Iraq, May 8, 2008. (defenseimagery.mil)
On the other hand, I'm betting a significant number of the Muslim soldiers who owe their lives to those gun sights are going to be thinking long and hard about the effectiveness of Christian technology against fanatic jihadis. This is the epitome of the "White Man's Juu-Juu" Syndrome - a common theme of Western Colonialism.
A U.S. Army sergeant allows an Iraqi police officer to look through the ACOG scope on his M-4 carbine assault rifle at a post in Hayy, Iraq. (defenseimagery.mil)
There's Nothing New Under the Sun
Ironically, the Indian Rebellion (1857-58) against the British came about because of a similar weapons-related issue.
The Rebellion, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, began as a mutiny of sepoys (Indian soldiers in British service) of the British East India Company's army. The sepoys had been issued new Enfield rifles, which required grease-coated paper cartridges. The ends of these cartridges had to be bitten off before the rifle could be loaded. A rumor spread among the sepoys that the new cartridges were greased with the fat of cows (sacred to Hindus) and/or pigs (forbidden to Muslims).
The Rebellion erupted on 10 May, 1857, in the town of Meerut; almost simultaneously other mutinies and civilian rebellions broke out in Delhi, Cawnpore, Lucknow, Jhansi and other regions. Before it was over, hundreds of thousands perished, horrific atrocities were committed by both sides in the conflict; British women and children were not spared. After the mutiny, an investigation showed that the grease did contain cow fat but not pig fat.
I am a Christian, and I personally believe that we are witnessing Biblical Prophecy being played out upon the World Stage. I am also fascinated by reports of widespread conversions to Christianity amongst the Muslims of the Middle East, already reported in Blog STORMBRINGER.
I am a Christian, and I've been called a Crusader by Muslims, but I am not a fundamentalist or a fanatic. Despite what it says in that last book of the Bible, I'm really not in a hurry to have Armageddon break out on my watch.
My personal beliefs aside, the serious problem posed by the gun sight markings is that the enemy - Islamic Fundamentalist terror forces affiliated with al Qaeda - will use this issue to further inflame their Muslim audience.
The problem here is - and this is the quintessence of the issue - that this plays right into their agenda. IF al Qaeda and the rest of the Islamic Fundamentalists succeed in turning this into a religious war - THEN THEY HAVE JUST WON.
I don't know the answer to this thing; the guy being paid to make these decisions is a few pay grades higher than me. It's Obama's mess to deal with now, Bush's War or no . . .
Trijicon sights are good products, and the government will be hard-pressed to find a replacement. In the meantime, those "Jesus sights" may soon be showing up in DRMO depots, which is good news for people like me.