ABC News is reporting that Trijicon puts Scripture references on their scopes. When questioned, Trijicon says they have been putting the references there since the company started making scopes. They use standard Bible referencing, like JN8:20, for example. As you would expect, there are people that think this is wrong, bad, un-American, and probably some sort of crime.
“It’s wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws,” said Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military…”It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles,” he said, “The coded biblical inscriptions play into the hands of “those who are calling this a Crusade.”
He’s right about one thing, it plays right into my hands. I like it. If it upsets, puts off, and ruins the morale of the enemy, we should be doing it. If it strengthens, emboldens, or gives comfort to our troops, we should be doing it.
Is it a crime? Trijicon makes a product. If I want to buy it, I give them money. If I don’t want to buy it I don’t. If, after I buy it, I want to file off and repaint the scope, that’s my business, too. The U.S. Government bought more than 100 million dollars of these scopes in 2008. The notation is right on the side of each scope. It’s not like they hid it. I’d be really curious how quoting the Bible is a crime.
On a practical note, I like Trijicons ACOGs and would have one if it didn’t cost more than the rifle I was going to mount it on. The prices seem to run from one to two thousand dollars for the models on their website. Still, if you have a loved one going in harm’s way, and you want to get them a great going away present, this is something to think about. Think of it like a St. Christopher’s medallion with a useful purpose.
Semper Fi, Trijicon. If you’re making one for me, I’d like one inscribed with the following.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.