Submitted by Anne Landman on
ABC News revealed that Trijicon, the company that provides high-powered rifle sights to the U.S. military, inscribes the sights with coded references to biblical texts about Jesus Christ. The company inscribes the codes immediately after the model number, in the same font and type size. For example, "2COR4:6" points to Second Corinthians chapter 4, verse 6 of the New Testament, which reads, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of the 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 code, "JN8:12," refers to John chapter 8, verse 12, which reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Trijicon confirms that it intentionally adds biblical codes to gun sights it sells to the U.S. military, which in turn uses the guns in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though members of the U.S military are strictly prohibited from proselytizing. Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, a former Air Force officer who represents the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that advocates for separation of church and state in the U.S. military, says the practice violates the Constitution. "This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country," Weinstein said. "It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting ... it allows the Mujahadeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles ..." In 2005, Trijicon won a $660 million, long-term contract to supply the scopes to the Marine Corps. Spokespeople for the Army and the Marine Corps denied knowing about the biblical markings, even though numerous discussions have appeared about them in Internet talk forums and on YouTube since 2006.
kotawinters replied on Permalink
I would wait for Bro. Eliseo Soriano to comment on this. In time, he will.
He is the most learned one when it comes to biblical matters.
Brother Eli Soriano replied on Permalink
Open letter to Trijicon
May this humble appeal be noticed by your officials: Please cease to use verses of the bible especially those citing the Lord Jesus Christ in your manufactured fire arms. God never intended the verses of the bible to be engraved on weapons of mass-destruction. 2 Corinthians 3:3
Mutternich replied on Permalink
Oh, come on now.
An automatic rifle isn't a "weapon of mass destruction." That's just typical tree-hugger hyperbole. A rifle is small arms, like a pistol or a hand grenade, or an individual bomblet of a cluster bomb. It can't kill any more people per magazine than the number of rounds in that magazine (unless, of course, they're stupid enough to line up in files).
The only way you could possibly call rifles weapons of mass destruction is if you total up the number of people killed by them worldwide over time, say a month, as so many collectivistically minded people love to do.
Mexicano replied on Permalink
I may be a "collectivistically minded person"...
I may also be a "tree-hugger". So, for sure, I strongly believe an automatic rifle, a hand gun and a grenade are massive destruction weapons... because of my job, I've witnessed several times how a single bullet coming from a single gun has devastated an entire family and a loving neighborhood in ways you simply can't imagine, once that single bullet snatch away a child, a woman or a hard-working and honest man's life. Add to this any biblical sentence engraved to the weapon and you are ready to understand how the hate, the big fat and ugly hate works...
Bill @ Safety replied on Permalink
I personally believe that small firearms are not evil, it's the user. If one wants to kill someone, you don't need a firearm to do so. Also any parent or guardian that has children with unlocked firearms is purely at fault. Moreover a household and especially a child must be educated and taught respect for such things. I have known instances where criminals have broken into a home knowing that family did not bear any type of personal protection. They were dead before the Police could arrive. A firearm would have at least given them a chance.
Anne Landman replied on Permalink
This has nothing to do...
...with Biblical codes being secretly inscribed on U.S. Military weapons.