‘Jesus Rifles’ Sold to U.S. Military Spark Complaints of Holy Crusade

January 18, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Holy, holy war! According to a report by ABC news, a Michigan-based weapons company specializing in high-powered scopes for rifles produces its instruments of death based on biblical principles. The company stamps each scope with a coded reference to passages from the New Testament and the books of Revelation. The company’s “Jesus rifles” are used by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. And critics of the Jesus rifles say they not only violate the military’s rules against religious proselytizing, but they also give the dangerous impression that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting against jihadists, are waging a holy war against insurgents.

The Trijicon company located in Wixom, Michigan says that it has always stamped its sighting systems with coded biblical passages. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing told ABC News that “the inscriptions “have always been there.” And he denied that they were wrong or illegal. He responded to the criticism by deriding the group as “not Christian.”

Some of the inscriptions, include JN8:12, referring to John 8:12 from the books of revelations, which reads: “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life, and 2COR4:6, which is a reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Trijicon’s Web site is blatant about its biblical proselytizing via high-powered rifle sights. The company’s vision statements reads: “Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom.” And under its morality statement the firm says: “We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals.”

When contacted by ABC, both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps denied knowing about the biblical inscriptions. But Michael “Mikey” Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation says soldiers have told him that the inscriptions are well known and many commanders refer to the Jesus rifles, as “spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ.”

Weinstein says the Jesus rifles not only violate the Constitution, but they put our soldiers in harms way in a war with al-Qaida Muslim jihadists. Knowledge of the Jesus rifles could embolden Muslim extremists to join the fight against a holy crusade they believe is being waged against Muslims by Americans.

See ABC News for more.

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9 Responses to “‘Jesus Rifles’ Sold to U.S. Military Spark Complaints of Holy Crusade”

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  2. what a non-story on January 19th, 2010 12:29 am

    Anti-religious bigotry at it’s finest. Clearly the government needs to stop using some of the finest rifle sites in the world because it can’t stand the fact that it’s manufactured by a company sympathetic to Christianity. Apparently we need politically correct agnostic scopes that refer to the flying spaghetti monster at best.

    Better yet, how about a scope labeled Dawkins-GUFp85
    “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

    That would be very positive for the soldiers wouldn’t it.

    Does anyone seriously believe the Islamic Supremacists care if you remove the barely noticeable cryptic references from the scopes? Not one bit.

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  5. Rain Bojangles on January 19th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Watch the video here:

    Who would Jesus shoot? U.$. Killing with God’s blessing. http://bit.ly/4U6Lhv Bible references embedded on rifle sights by manufacturer.

  6. Dakota on January 19th, 2010 2:03 pm

    Wow, so what its a christian nation, are you gonna throw out the liberty bell too it has a full Bible verse on it.

    And also agreeing with previous comment, lets just stop using some of the best scopes in the world. Sounds like a great plan.

  7. David Scott on January 19th, 2010 10:48 pm

    This war is really a continuation of the holy wars that began so many thousands of years ago. And unfortunately, it appears that religion has shown itself to be the biggest catalyst of hatred that the human race will ever see. Check this out: http://pltcldscsn.blogspot.com/2009/12/world-war-iii.html

  8. Rain Bojangles on January 20th, 2010 9:55 pm

    The liberty bell isn’t used to kill “terrorists” and innocent people. Rifle scopes are. War isn’t new. The only thing that changes is it’s efficiency and profitability. Those are both “improving”.

  9. Maker of ‘Jesus Rifles’ to Remove Biblical References | ChattahBox News Blog on January 22nd, 2010 11:19 am

    […] The military contractor Trijicon released a statement in response to growing criticism that the Jesus Rifle broke military rules against proselytising in the predominantly Muslim countries of Afghanistan and Iraq and also violated the Constitution. There was also the very real concern, by commanders in the field, that the knowledge of the Jesus Rifles would put soldiers’ lives at increased risk. […]

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