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Bible verses to be removed from weapons

Earlier in the week, I posted the story about bible verses being engraved on some weapons used by the U.S. military.

But now, that’s about to change:

A Michigan military contractor said Thursday (Jan. 21) it will remove encoded scripture references on weapons it builds for U.S. military after a firestorm of complaints arose from both believers and atheists.

“Trijicon has proudly served the U.S. military for more than two decades, and our decision to offer to voluntarily remove these references is both prudent and appropriate,” said Stephen Bindon, president and CEO of Trijicon Inc., which is based in Wixom, Mich.

“We want to thank the Department of Defense for the opportunity to work with them and will move as quickly as possible to provide the modification kits for deployment overseas.”

There’s more at the link.

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posted January 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

It’s another example of the war on Christians. I’m dissappointed with Trijicon for caving in.

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posted January 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

War on Christians?!? Including Scripture references on weapons is the affront to Christianity! Even if we could agree that actions in Afghanistan (much less Iraq) are anything close to “just war”, how could a Christian of any stripe possibly think we should celebrate violence done to another human being? Why don’t they put verses on about beating our swords into plowshares, or turning the other cheek, or those living by the sword dying by the sword? Any way you look at it, war is tragic, and to pretend that God is our cheerleader as we annihilate the enemy is a pathetic and even satanic twisting of the Gospel.
This rightly-applied pressure on the company is an example of the war on idiocy, not Christianity.
For a far better-articulated commentary on it, try the inimitable Mark Shea:

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posted January 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

As a former Marine I can tell you that the most intense religious experiences and the most fervent prayer is one you are under fire! The Bible is replete of war images about God “The lord is my shield and my buckler”, “The Lord is my Fortress”, or “Wear the helmet of salvation”, the word of God is compared to a “two edge sword”, Christ is the “Lion of Judah” hardly a pacifist metaphor. I see nothing wrong with having a biblical reference in a scope or with a man being a soldier and a Christian at the same time.

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posted January 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I agree with Steve P.
This has nothing to do with “caving in” or the “war on Christianity”. This “GOD and GUNS” culture and way of pandering is itself an affront to the morals and teaching of Christ. What I find offensive is the past 30 years knowing that it’s one these scopes using Biblical passages on the TARGET that is being viewed (a human being) and about to be killed? It’s not like the sniper saying a prayer to himself, it’s not asking for absolution by the shooter or guidance either (both I totally understand). It’s an indirect State sanctioning of religion (because it’s paid for buy our tax $, $660million) and an indirect justification of killing in the name of religion… without the Soldiers knowledge or consent when he pulls the trigger (irregardless of which religion he/she is). It’s hard enough to have these men/women deal with the psychological issues of killing, justification, religious implications, moral implication…. and propaganda used against them (even inadvertently).

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posted January 25, 2010 at 3:48 am

I don’t think Jesus a pacifist would support having his messages on weapons.

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posted January 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

First of all, they engraved them on the optics, or scopes. Trijicon doesn’t make weapons, only optics. I’m a little disappointed that this wasn’t made clear. Anywho, the reason they engraved them into the optics is because they’re a religious company and they know the majority of our servicemen and women are religious, did it to boost morale. I don’t see a problem with it, it’s a private company giving merchandise to a majorly Christian customer/user. Anyone that has been in combat or knows someone who has been in combat is not that your killing a person for your country but for your brothers and sisters on either side of you. The fact that some of you think soldiers enjoy killing people is appalling and makes me sick!! SHAME ON YOU!

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posted January 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Oh and one more thing, It wasn’t the actual verse etched into it it was the code for a the book, chapter, verse so J3:16, that’s how they end the serial numbers for their products.

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