Trijicon`s `holy war`!

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Notwithstanding two administrations’ avowals that American forces are not in Iraq or Afghanistan as part of some “Holy War,” a manufacturer’s penchant for putting New Testament references on rifle scopes is once again raising concerns about religious symbols finding their way into the U.S. military mission in those countries.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command was quoted by The Associated Press as saying there is nothing wrong or illegal with the biblical inscriptions appearing on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight.

“This situation is not unlike the situation with U.S. currency,” Maj. John Redfield is quoted as saying. “Are we going to stop using money because the bills have ‘In God We Trust’ on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they’ll continue to be used.”

Trijicon Corp. of Michigan, which makes the scopes, defends the inscriptions. One inscription, “JN 8:12,” refers to “John chapter 8 verse 12.” That Bible passage 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.”

According to reports, the company currently has a $660 million contract to supply up to 800,000 of the scopes to military.


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~ by geardoshit on January 20, 2010.

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