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“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.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/19/2010 8:14 pm

    Tristan, I’ve seen a few posts about this, but yours is the best.

  2. 01/20/2010 11:16 am

    Thank you for your kind words. This is a subject, separation of Church and State, that I feel very strongly about.

  3. elecpencil permalink
    01/20/2010 4:01 pm

    Tristan you are beating me to things I want to address but that’s great. I ask WWWJB? Whose weapons would Jesus Buy?

  4. cheflarz permalink
    01/21/2010 8:21 am

    This story will fade out I’m afraid. Most Americans could care less if we are fighting a religious war.

  5. 01/21/2010 1:42 pm

    I feel very strongly about this topic as well.

  6. 01/21/2010 5:44 pm

    Good news! Trijicon is going to remove the Bible verses!

  7. Duh permalink
    01/23/2010 5:45 pm

    I am by nature a contrarian so here is my contrarian nature shining through.

    If I am aiming a high power miliitary rifle that is using a Trijicon high power scope at another human being with the intent that I will, in just the next second or two, end that life… I don’t think I care too much about a super-subscript Bible verse stamped on it. As long as it doesn’t impede my scope’s function, of course.

    Much ado about nothing in my opinion. Jesus, however, would probably disagree with me.

  8. Duh permalink
    01/23/2010 5:49 pm


    “I ask WWWJB? Whose weapons would Jesus Buy?”

    I am afraid I must steal that from you. It is just too good not to use!!!!!!!

  9. 01/23/2010 10:18 pm

    Could you explain how you see this being a “separation” issue?

    Btw, I’ve given my own take on the matter at


  10. 01/24/2010 11:46 am

    I guess the “separation” issue is evident here because if there is one symbol that exemplifies “state”, it would be our military. The mere thought of bible codes on weapons leads to think that the next step would be hearing the troops sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” as they go into battle.

    The second part of the “separation” issue is in the UCMJ itself. The United Code of Military Justice prohibits any type of proselytizing. This is definitely a clear violation of the military own rules.

  11. Duh permalink
    01/24/2010 10:28 pm

    Disagree again. It is not evident.

    “The second part of the “separation” issue is in the UCMJ itself. The United Code of Military Justice prohibits any type of proselytizing. This is definitely a clear violation of the military own rules.”

    The Uniform Code of Military Justice may prohibit certain proselytizing activities by military members while in uniform but that is simply not the case here. A defense contractor (civilian and thus not subject to the UCMJ) encoded the Bibe verses on the scopes. No UCMJ violations here. The UCMJ simply does not apply.

    Now, on to the Constitution —

    The “separation of church and state” is a rather misunderstood concept in my opinion. That phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution but is thrown around all too much. The First Amedment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It is about as straight-forward as it gets.

    So, did Congress make a law respecting an establishment of religion in this case? No.

    Did Congress prohibit the free excercise thereof in this case? No.

    No Constitional violation of rights exists because neither condition was violated. That said, I can’t for the life of me think of what the company had to gain and, as I alluded to earlier, why anyone would think this was a good idea is beyond me.

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