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Trijicon Drops Bible Lines From Scope

Trijicon Drops Bible Lines From Scope

Military.com | by Bryant Jordan

January 22, 2010

Rifle scopes bearing references to the New Testament no longer will be issued to American troops, and scopes already in service will have the references removed.

Military optics manufacturer Trijicon Inc., of Wixom, Mich., apparently concerned that a Pentagon review of the situation could lead to a loss or interruption of its multi-million dollar contract for the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, said it is ending the practice begun by the company’s founder more than 20 years ago.

Trijicon “has offered to voluntarily stop putting references to scripture on all products manufactured for the U.S. military – and will provide, free of charge, 100 modification kits to the Pentagon to enable the removal of the references that are already on products that are currently deployed,” the company said in a statement obtained by Military.com.

“In response to concerns raised by the Department of Defense, Trijicon Inc. initiated this action to ensure the war-time production needs of the troops are met as quickly as possible,” the statement added.

The scopes are being used by American Soldiers and Marines and allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, including by Iraqis and Afghans. The scopes came under criticism from religious, civil liberties and watchdog groups — and even from senior military leadership — after they were featured in an ABC News “Nightline” segment on Jan. 18.

One inscription, “JN 8:12,” refers to the book of John, chapter 8, verse 12 — a New Testament passage that reads: "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ”

The practice was hit on several fronts. Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called it unconstitutional, a violation of the theater commander’s general order against proselytizing in Afghanistan and Iraq and was against those countries’ laws. Frank Schaeffer, an author and columnist for Military.com, said Trijicon had essentially sold the U.S. military “booby-trapped” equipment because it would generate resentment from Muslims and give the insurgents and al-Qaida fodder for their claim the U.S. is engaged in a “crusade” against Islam.

An Army spokesman told Military.com Wednesday that senior officials were reviewing the situation but had not yet decided what to do about it. But Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, later told CNN that the biblical references were a “big concern” to the Army and the Marine Corps.

“I hope you can sense … this is of serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan because it can indeed create a perception that is absolutely contrary to what it is that we have sought to do,” he told the news network, noting that U.S. troops are more sensitive about the perception than the contractor.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said the Pentagon’s only concern for the scopes should be that they are effective, not what is inscribed on them.

“The argument that adversaries motivated by jihadist ideology are likely to be further enraged by the scope manufacturer’s religious references is, in my opinion, simply lame,” she told Military.com in an e-mail. “Jihadists already accuse American Soldiers — not just American military equipment — of waging ‘holy war’ against them. I doubt that they would be less violent in their attacks on Americans if our non-Muslim military personnel had no religious faith at all.”

Trijicon’s move appears to be an about-face from its e-mailed statement Wednesday to Military.com, when a spokesman said: “As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation.”

In its announcement Thursday, Trijicon said it would remove the inscriptions on sights that have been manufactured, but not yet delivered, and would “ensure all future procurements from the Department of Defense are produced without scripture references.”

The company will be doing the same for scopes it supplies to other countries, as well.

On Thursday, New Zealand announced it would remove the inscriptions from scopes used by its troops, while Australia said it was considering what to do.

Reprinted with permission from Military.com

© Copyright 2010 Military.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    "rolf" Im with you 100% and some..!!!
    And as for "Jester31" First of all who gives a flyn' Damn..!! what the muslim terrorist thinks about us..!! They want to kill us regardless of whats on our military equipment. And another thing, if a muslim terrorist can get close enough to read an inscription on the equipment, then that obviously means that some where down the line a service member was killed by the A$$hole or his buddies. So who gives a flyn' crapp..!@#$$%%!!!!! about what some A$$wipe terrorist thinks..!!!!

  • Finalgarg_max50

    Mjollnir

    over 4 years ago

    368 Comments

    The media is a smart bunch. It took their watchful eye and keen wit to uncover this travesty. I’m glad we have people like them in place to expose these hidden injustices. Imagine, our military callously doing something that could offend our enemies. If it wasn’t for the watchful eye of the left wing media types, next thing you know they'll be letting our guys run completely amuck and start shooting at the other side’s military personnel. Then they'll get really offended.

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    sargeNcharge

    over 4 years ago

    596 Comments

    i got news for ya' AMERICA is a predominatey christian nation hello ! so get over it!! the inscription does not reference or push any particular religion. it merely provides some words of comfort to our brave men & women who are in the darkest parts of hell if they are looking into those sights because that means SOMEBODY IS TRYING TO KILL THEM !! from now on , we should expose those people in the MEDIA who dig up nonsense like this as being UNAMERICAN ,UNPATRIOTIC, & TRAITORS to our GREAT NATION ! it is time for them to choose what side they want to be on. if you don't like it here then get the "you know what" OUT !!

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    ImpdsAngel

    over 4 years ago

    3140 Comments

    im with my friend kaalima !! this is disgraceful ......nothing further im disugsted

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    Jester, I dont know.. I think anyone swayed solely by the acog referances are well. Pretty much already undressing to jump in bed with our terrorist enemy.

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    "Biblical references were a “big concern”" Holy shit,.
    How about that for the new "Religoiusly SENSITIVE" scopes you lilly arse clowns.
    The only thing our Military should be concerned with are Squishing bad guys and getting home Alive.

    Shit, Bobby trapped equipment? Resentment from Muslims? I think they already know most of us are NOT MUSLIM~! Next thing you know. They'll make us stop dipping our bullets in Pigs Blood.
    It's Fantastic that the ACOG's used to down people who are hostile towards us for religious reasons have the referances upon them.

    It seems the words "Cival Liberties" and "freedom of religion" come from bizzaro world -superman referance-

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    Sheriff_1

    over 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    More political correctness BS.

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    wt259

    over 4 years ago

    418 Comments

    Hey, Jester, just curious. If ABC had kept out of this, would the jihadis even know what was on the ACOG's? Not trying to provoke, just wondering. Maybe ABC's time would be better spent prying in to who really funds the AQCLU.
    I've seen the inscriptions, they're very small. And I doubt that any muslim would be familiar with the arrangement of letters and numbers, or the bible.

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    I am truly disappointed in this whole situation. I'm tired of this political correctness. Bullshit.
    IN GOD WE TRUST!

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    This is truly outrageous !! Our leaders, media, and other softies should be ashamed of themselves for letting political correctness get in the way of substance.

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    rolf

    over 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    bullshit! we, the modern countries are taking so much consideration for so many falses problems that it will make us lose the war and maybe our identity! ain't be a party over there and our soldiers are smart enough to make the difference between the right and the wrong; i'm living in the supposed country of the human rights, must be a great deal when you're a wealthy peaceful country but it's not the case anymore! heard that some religious associations in my country were asking for the removal of the green crosses from the medical pharmacies; in the world we live in, i'm stunned to hear about a such f... important matter! of course these so intelligent associations did not ask the red cross helping so many other than christian countries to come back home!

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    Jester31

    over 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    I understand everyone's opinion on this, and I agree that our politicians need to grow a spine and call a spade a spade. However, the current rreality on the ground is that the enemy will use this as a way to recruit and convince the "fence-sitters" to join their cause against what they call the western "crusade". One must realize the lack of education prevalent among the Afghan population and how easily they believe enemy propaganda. There are plenty of ways for our servicemembers to express their faith, yet this is one method that will do more harm than good and could more than likely extend our stay in this country. Commanders on the ground are already having to dedicate time and effort away from the fight to do damage control. Symbols and religion are a major foundation for the Afghan culture and the fact that the scripture references are on the weapons being used against muslims, (even though they're terrorists, they're still seen as muslims), will only stoke the perception that this is a western crusade against Islam. It doesn't matter what our intentions are, it only matters what the perception is. Again, I agree that this is a predominantly Christian nation, founded on Christian values and we shouldn't apologize for it. But there's no need to give the enemy free "ammuition" either.

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    mack77

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    D@mn Shame

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    Perl

    over 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    Unreal.

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    RLC939

    over 4 years ago

    366 Comments

    I don't think they should alter the serial #, what they should do is pull all of them off line and replace them with new scopes, then make all the ones pulled available to LE agencies free of charge...I want one!

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