No more Jesus rifles

You remember those rifle sights being supplied to the US military by a contractor who’s been  thoughtfully emblazoning them with biblical references in order to inspire… what exactly?   Besides a whole new generation of Jihadists more convinced than ever that the Western presence in the Middle East is part of some kind of 21st Century Crusade?   Apparently someone finally snapped that this might be kind of a bad idea, and the Biblical embellishments are a thing of the past:

A Michigan defense contractor will voluntarily stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights made for the U.S. military, a major buyer of the company’s gear. In a statement released Thursday, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., says it is also providing to the armed forces free of charge modification kits to remove the Scripture citations from the telescoping sights already in use. Through multimillion dollar contracts, the Marine Corps and Army have bought more than 300,000 Trijicon sights.

The references to Bible passages raised concerns that the citations break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are predominantly Muslim countries.

Gee, ya think!??

The supplier initially reacted to complaints about their stealth, low-level proselytizing by sniffing huffily that those complaining “must not be Christians”.   The concept that this description applies to most people in that part of the world where their Jesus-scopes are being used, and the potentially deadly repercussions, apparently took awhile to penetrate the full-metal jackets surrounding the soft core of their brains.

5 Responses to “No more Jesus rifles”

  1. 1 Torontonian Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Slow learners, some people. Couldn’t get it right
    first time round with the Crusades and they try
    it yet again! Dumb as doorknobs, they are.

    (Sometimes a Yoda-like chiasmus comes in handy
    for emphasis).

  2. 2 Cornelius T.Zen Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Torontonian – you are a bigot, sir, enunciating hatred of doorknobs. They should organize and protest outside your home — if and when they can figure out how to do that.
    I can see the bumper stickers and T-shirts now:
    “Jesus loves Gun Control – He hits what He aims at!”
    “Another round for Jesus – right between Mohammed’s eyes!”
    “Jesus saves — so He can buy more ammo!”
    “The sermon for today – Lock and Load!”
    “Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition!”
    “Why do think they call them ‘Cross-hairs’?”
    And so it goes — on full automatic – CTZen

  3. 3 JJ Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Torontonian – I think it’s a pretty weird thing for that supplier to do… for one thing, what makes them think every American soldier is a Christian? And even the ones who are, they may not like that kind of proselytizing, especially since it can breed resentment which is the last thing they need.

    It was just a really dumbass thing to do, but unfortunately, typically tone-deaf.

  4. 4 JJ Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    CTZen – The stupidest thing about this whole deal is that those gunsights are used by Americans to train Iraqi and Afghani soldiers. I’m sure the trainees really appreciate the proselytizing 🙄

  5. 5 Cornelius T.Zen Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Good morrow, JJ!
    Read your history. The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, in which British-trained Indian soldiers rebelled against their British masters, took place, because the new powder cartrides were sealed with animal tallow. You had to bite the seal off to get powder for your rifle. The Hindus thought the tallow might be beef (cows are sacred) and the Muslims thought the tallow might be pork(pigs are unclean) So, they rose up and took knives to their British officers. It took quite some time to put that mutiny down.
    One thing we learn from history – we do NOT learn from history – CTZen

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