There are some lines that should never be crossed. The United States military has allowed for coded bible passages about Jesus to be placed on rifle scopes.
First that is not something that should be permitted by the government that seeks to observe separation of church and state. It should be common sense that at a time when our government is engaged in wars in nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan where Islam is observed, that we not have bible passages that promote the notion that religion has any basis for what we are doing. After all, some in the Arab world like to further the argument that the United States has unleashed the newest version of the Crusades. Why would that argument not gain currency when 2COR4:6 is encoded on a rifle sight?
The verse above is “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.” Which leads me to my second point.
There is nothing farther from the message that Christ delivered than war and killing. His very hope for mankind was based on love and mercy. To have his message placed on the scope of a rifle meant to kill is one of the most bizarre things I have heard in some time. That my government would do this is absolutely maddening! That our taxes pay for this is #######!
While we have every right to state it is wrong for the Islamic radicals to bastardize the Koran and Islam in pursuit of their tortured reasoning, it is also equally wrong for the US miliary to bastardize the words of Christ. That is exactly what happens when those with religious goals set out on an agenda. Be it here or there, it is wrong! It places our soldiers in harm, and undermines our larger and more important foreign policy initiatives.
The US military must not allow the maker of the sights, Trijicon, to continue this outrage. The company has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army. That deal must either end, or the practice of placing bible verses must end. One thing is clear. The practice can’t continue.