18 January 2010

Military and Jesus

I'm not a Christian. I intend to join the military. As this is a secular country, ruled by a government that is explicitly forbidden from promoting one sect over another, this should not be a problem.

However, apparently many of the weapons we've been giving our military members have coded references to Jesus and spreading the gospel in them.

This picture shows "JN8:12" at the end of the serial number for the scope, referencing John 8:12, which reads "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Trijicon, the maker of the sights, has come forward saying that they have always put these Biblical messages on their sights and will continue to do so.

We've been training Muslim Iraqi troops on these sights. There are also plenty of non-Christian American troops who've been using these sights with no idea of what is in their hands. Those who have known, and complained, have often been told to shut up and keep using them.

Trijicon earned $100m from the US in FY2008. This is unacceptable. Imagine the outcry if I, as a Norse Neopagan, included a reference to the first stanza from the Havamal (one of the most important poems of ancient Norse paganism):

"Within the gates | ere a man shall go,
(Full warily let him watch,)
Full long let him look about him;
For little he knows | where a foe may lurk,
And sit in the seats within."

That quote has much more to do with a sight on a gun than any of the others, but it would still (rightly) end with my contract being immediately terminated.

(It should also be noted that the only defense Trijicon put forward is that there is "nothing wrong or illegal" about the sights, and that the group raising the issue is "not Christian.")

1 comment:

  1. Good idea to mandate that Trijicon stop doing it or lose the contract? Absolutely. 0-tolerance. Likelihood that this will cause a problem with Muslim Iraqis? Near zero. It is a coded reference in a different alphabet to a book that an Iraqi Muslim is unlikely to own.

    I also agree that it is the freaking WRONG bible quote to put on a gunsight. It SHOULD be EZ25:17, the one used in Pulp Fiction by Jules Winnfield before executing someone. That shit is cold.

    Baby-Eating Liberal