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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

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 4 years ago

    6950 Comments

    "Stalker975" I'm with you..!!

    I too am sick and tired of "Political Correctness" Bull$hit..!@#$$##@!!!!!...!!!! As Elaine Donnelly said; "the Pentagon's only concern for the scopes should be that they are effective, not what is inscribed on them".

    You see this is a perfect example of why our Nation is not what it used to be. There are way too many gutless, spineless, kiss a$$es in our government who seem to forget that this great an awsome Nation of ours, was built on. Christian belief and practice. So it is up to us who have a strong faith and lack of fear to stand up to the far left, non caring gutless wonders of society and stick to that comitment of what it is that keeps us safe, free and breathing.

    That being our freedom of religion and strong faith and hope in our Father God and son Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior.....

    I for one will not turn tail and bow down to those who want to tear us down and remove the very thing that created us.

    A.T.

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    Stalker975

    about 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Why must they always start a fight with anything that has anything to do with the BIBLE? Do they know, most fighters want the verses on there. What is the problem with it? People need to worry about the scopes working and not what is enscripted on them. This is just a other dumb deciesion coming from people with not guts to stand up for our religion, the one our four-fathers came to America for. Where is the guts people?

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    sheriff950

    about 4 years ago

    5370 Comments

    I agree with Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, she said the Pentagon's only concern for the scopes should be that they are effective, and not what is inscribed on them... Remember "In God We Trust" and someday we will all go before Him to be judged... I bet our fore fathers are rolling in their graves with the way this nation is trying to deny God in all we do... How very sad!!!!!

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    Walker83

    about 4 years ago

    352 Comments

    disappointing

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    Conyers1

    about 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    If I am correct, the very money the government is printing reads "IN GOD WE TRUST". I will never change what I have been brought up to believe, GOD IS THE ONLY WAY, no matter what the translation HE IS THE WAY! Stick to your beliefs and don't let them take it away from you!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    the simple facts..... The US is a majority Christian nation. Why the hell are we afraid to say it.
    Political correctness rears it ugly head again.

    Lets worry about winning the war... then this stuff!

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    steelnpearls

    about 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    Afraid of Christ....they will all go before Him when mortal death comes....everyone of them. Then they can explain their actions.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Our tax dollars at work. Always some moron doing something idiotic to waist more of our tax payer money. DOD you should be ashamed.

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    ssd

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    this is just retarded. Im the first one to admit that i am completly non-religious, but isnt there something MORE IMPORTANT THAT THEY CAN DEAL WITH. Cmon now! Stop nitpicking the smallest things. Im sure if a solider was that offended by it, rubbing off the inscription or something is not hard to do!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    This is complete B.S.!!!!!

    "In God We Trust"

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    RedSnaz

    about 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    Way to stoop to the lowest common denominator.

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    Gildor9

    about 4 years ago

    238 Comments

    You can take Bible verses off of scopes, but you can't take the truth of the verses away. This is a shame.

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    texaslawdawg603

    about 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    Pathetic!

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    USAFE7

    about 4 years ago

    2518 Comments

    Of course someone gets "Offended" and the masses pay the price. I agree with AdrieK, wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more important stuff to worry about General....

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    F_Eliseo

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Another way to remove god from are minds. They hated jesus then and people still hate him now, and they try to remove him from us in any way.

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