“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Given New Meaning By Gun Sight Manufacturer
While many discuss the validity of the “DiVinci Codes,” it would seem that Trijicon, the maker of high-powered rifle sights that are provided to the United States military, has given a new meaning to “Bible codes.”
An ABC investigation has found that coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by the Michigan based company.
One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament:
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Other references include citations from the book of Revelations, Matthew and John which all deal with Jesus being the
“Light of the World.”
Trijicon has confirmed that the codes are inscribed on the gun sights but that they have broken no laws.
Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military, disagrees:
“It’s wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws” and he added, “It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles.”
Spokespeople for the military have stated they were unaware of the biblical markings and are discussing what action to take, if any.
Weinstein further commented that
“This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in the country…it’s literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we’re fighting. We’re emboldening an enemy.”
To paraphrase Gandhi, what profits a man to kill another for the name they use to call God?
Obviously Trijicon is making much “war profit” off the name they call God.
Update: 22 January 2010, WASHINGTON — A Michigan defense contractor will voluntarily stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights made for the U.S. military, a major buyer of the company’s gear.
In a statement released Thursday, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., says it is also providing to the armed forces free of charge modification kits to remove the Scripture citations from the telescoping sights already in use. Through multimillion dollar contracts, the Marine Corps and Army have bought more than 300,000 Trijicon sights.