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is using US-made gunsights with biblical references etched on them as they fight the Taliban in Afghanistan....which are renowned by elite troops for their accuracy over long range, The Australian reports.
The gunsights, also used by US, British and New Zealand troops, have caused concern among military leaders that they may fuel views among extremists that the West is waging a war against Islam. R
Among the coded inscriptions were JN8:12, an apparent reference to John 8:12: "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.'" The ADF confirmed on Thursday it had been unaware of the meaning of the inscription when the sights were issued to troops. "The Department of Defence was unaware of the significance of the manufacturer's serial number," the spokesman said. "The sights were procured because they provide mature technology which is highly reliable, in wide use by our allies and best meet Defence requirements. Soldiers are confident in the utility of the sight and the positive and proven effect which it is having on operations."
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian." The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.
I just read Fox News and found that Trijicon is going to be keeping their government contracts and although they will be continuing their practice for non military buyers, Trijicon is offering the military "free modifiction kits." Just thought everyone would like to know what was happening.I really hope that now since both sides have come to an agreement some of the dust will settle and we can learn from this situation how to not attack someone else's rights and freedoms because their belief does not follow ours. By Grace this situtation did not hurt our soldiers or put them in harm's way!God Bless
JohnandJess07 3:55 PM
WASHINGTON - A Michigan company that manufactures combat rifle sights for the U.S. military that carry Bible verse citations said Thursday it would send kits to remove the inscriptions, NBC reported. Trijicon Inc. also said it would take off Biblical references from all U.S. military products that are still in the company's factory and ensure future items do not have any inscriptions on them.