On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Why is the news media so offended by Jesus?

ABC can't handle the idea of our military trusting in God

The scandal was just too stunning! Here is how ABC News reported it about a year ago: “Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company.

“An ABC News investigation has found,” announced Brian Ross, “the sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers.”


What was the problem? For the last 225 years in this nation’s history, the news media would have bragged on the company, Trijicon. However, in today’s environment, the media is openly hostile to anything having to do with the Lord.

“U.S. military rules,” revealed Ross in his expose, “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-Qaida and Iraqi insurgents. One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to 2 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.”


But wait a minute: through American history such Scriptures were freely shared with America’s troops – along with admonitions to pray for our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen – offered by such presidents as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

“Other references,” revealed the agitated Ross, “include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as ‘the light of the world.’”


“John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, ‘Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

The manufacturer confirmed to ABC News that it had added the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military for years – and was unapologetic. 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.

The practice was begun by the company’s founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.

The company’s vision is still described on its Internet website: “Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom.”


“We believe that America is great when its people are good,” says the Trijicon website. “This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals.”

But in today’s environment, such talk cannot be tolerated by our politically correct media.

ABC contacted “spokespeople for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps” and reported that “both said their services were unaware of the biblical markings. They said officials were discussing what steps, if any, to take in the wake of the ABC News report. It is not known how many Trijicon sights are currently in use by the U.S. military.”

“It’s wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws,” said Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that seeks to enforce separation of church and state in the military.


Trijicon had more than $100 million in government contracts in a recent fiscal year. The Michigan company won a $33 million Pentagon contract in July 2009 for a new machine gun optic, according to Defense Industry Daily. The company’s earnings from the U.S. military jumped significantly after 2005, when it won a $660 million long-term contract to supply the Marine Corps with sights.

Following the ABC News report, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps said the Corps was “concerned” and would discuss the matter with the weapons manufacturer.

“We are aware of the issue and are concerned with how this may be perceived,” said Captain Geraldine Carey in a statement to ABC News. “We will meet with the vendor to discuss future sight procurements.”


Carey said that when the initial deal was made it was the only product that met the Corps needs.

However, a spokesperson for Central Command, the U.S. military’s overall command in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he did not understand why the issue was any different from U.S. money with religious inscriptions on it.

“The perfect parallel that I see,” said Major John Redfield, “is between the statement that’s on the back of our dollar bills, which is ‘In God We Trust.’ We haven’t moved away from that.”

Have we?

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Woody

    I am still amazed at how easy it is for some people to bash Christians. Just because someone claims to be a Christian, doesn’t mean they claim to be perfect. We are ALL sinners. Why are the liberals so quick to slam on Christians? You libs better get your act together, or you’ll be the ones left behind.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Susie Newman

    ABC has enough to do besides bashing the Christians. Our country was founded on God. One da and one day sooner than later, EVERY knee shall bow. That includes all ABC, too.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Chuck

    First, if the company wishes to put these inscriptions on their merchandise it is their right. If it violates the law for the government to buy those products they should stop.
    Second, I do find it somewhat odd that anyone thinks it is a good christian value to put references to Jesus on something used to kill fellow human beings. The opposite of what Jesus preached.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Linda B

    These mem and women are on the lines fighting for our freedom and other nations freedom from presuction. What is wrong with have scriptural references on the sights? Nothing, the company stated that they have been doing this since the company was founded. The military, I feel, knew about this, but is now trying to deny it. The sights are a reminder that God, his Son Jesus and the Holy Ghost are with them and to trust God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lee is not presenting “news” in its “On the Frontline of the Cultural Wars”. Readers should do a bit of research on these pieces. True Christians should be alarmed that beliefnet is going out of its way to cherrypick events which will further polarize this nation and the world. Nice.

    When did Brian Ross present its ABC report? Monday, January 2010. Maj Redfield did initially liken the Biblical inscriptions to US currency. But he retracted that statement immediately after hearing General Petraeus explain that the inscriptions on basically ALL Trijicon’s weapons would endanger our own troops. How? Because extremists like al-Queda would use this as proof that we were engaged in a “Holy War” (think Geo W Bush saying that our troops had embarked upon a “Crusade”).On January 21,2010 Trijicon said it would stop its inscriptions, voluntarily. Trijicon thanked the US military). This Christian company promised kits to effectively remove the quotes almost immediately.

    Gen. Petraeus is a devout Christian and a war hero. He has been and is concerned about the perceptions of the vast majority of Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq. That is why he has been visibly angered by the Koran-burning “man of God” (a “Christian” minister). Trijicon and the military quickly corrected a well-intended mistake. Beliefnet distorted what both did. As the mother of a devoutly Christian soldier who has been and will be in Afghanistan, my prayer is that Beliefnet never runs the military (or this country).

  • http://Jesus'ownwordssaidthiswouldhappen Jim

    One need only to look at the utter chaos the world is now in to realize the evil one is on an all out assault against we believers in Jesus, as he knows his days are very few.
    The media is no long objective and while they fear Islam the have no fear of Christians because Christ told us to love our enemies.
    Beloved, prepare for far worse things to come. We are witnessing prophecy before our very eyes at an exponential pace. Reach out to your loved ones and spread the good news to all who will listen. The Lord is ready to call his church home.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lee

    I have to think that the hypocrisy of’s transformation into a wingnut “family values” alert to their so-called war has an effect. Last week, I was seeing “culture wars” nonsense in my Subject
    field. This is, of course, the equivalent of a huge headline (most print news eventually ended those because they were too sensational).

    I subscribed to see the interesting Prayer announcements. So glad to see them back again. The more inflammatory posts have been imbedded in some harmless stuff. I honestly believe that if enough of us express true Christianity by using the brains God has given us, this nonsense might entirely disappear.

    Never, ever, ever give up.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment g

    First off: what is with this ”O me o poor little Christian faith is getting picked on” OH BOO HOO BOO HOO! Shut up you sissys! Christaianity has picked on everyone since the beginning..and when it finally gets back to them..Oh BOO HOO BOO HOO we are so persecuted WAAAAAA!!

    Second.. Oh Absolutely put scriptures on HUMAN KILLING INSTRUMENTS it is what Christians are the best at!

    And for all you hate mongering fist -waving Christians telling everyone who is not like you that they will ‘get theirs’ when Jesus comes back.

    Don’t hold your breath! Your right-wing brand of hate-mongering will be long gone and the liberals will have brought a lot of good into the world by the time Jesus comes back.

    But mostly..STOP WHINING!! The media picks on us! The Liberals are picking on us! The ACLU is picking on us. WAAAA WAAA WAAA!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lisa herthel

    “military force is justified to protect corporate interests-often defined as national interests” wake up people. Jesus said to love your enemies!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ann

    it;s about time. these men and women are fighting all over the world to protect our freedoms and our rights that were established years ago. I pray that the people of this great country, United States of America would all get on their knees and pray to God to bring this country and its leaders back to the foundation in which we were started. IN GOD WE TRUST………….Pray America Unite America
    We need to elect good individuals with good principles and get this contry back on track, or get them out of office.

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