“ We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals.” Trijicon Mission Statement
The trigger happy US gun sights manufacturer Trijicon adopts the missionary position in its corporate statements. It also includes biblical references on its Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight in raised lettering, added to the serial numbers.* The ACOG Tactical Scope has the inscription pointing to John 8:12 “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.
This doubles as a tract and a bit of cute self-promotion for the day/night sight as demonstrated in a video review by Fun Gun* which shoots the line that the ACOG sight is indubitably A Good Thing in the sight of God.
We‘re not talking here of religious bumper stickers or personalised ordnance signage but officially issued high tech weaponry used by American troopers and also, among others, by New Zealand’s SAS soldiers in Afghanistan, who have been in the news recently more than any covert military organisation would wish.
News of the inscriptions on the “Jesus guns”, for long, apparently, an open soldiers secret, is just the right calibre propaganda ammunition for recruiting dissident Moslem youth, with or without Koran-inscribed rifles, to target purported new era Christian crusaders. As University of Canterbury historian Geoffrey Rice points out, the medieval Crusades are still comparatively fresh in the collective Moslem memory.
Domestic critics point out that the US is already struggling against the image of a crusade in the Middle East. It is tricky enough to recruit and retain an all-cultures all- faiths American army, as last year’s US military base camp mass slaying demonstrated. The inscribed sights do no favour to the American military by potentially triggering a dissident recruiting backlash, nor to Christianity, as witnessed by the numbers recoiling from the present proselytising position.
Further afield, Al-Jazeera correspondent David Chater, says that the references are a “rallying cry for the Taliban. It gives them a propaganda tool. They’ve always tried to paint the US efforts in Afghanistan as a Christian campaign.”*
They reinforce the anti-American perception that religion rather than national security is at the heart of the US military presence abroad.
The “war on Islam” issue is not confined to American troops. New Zealand soldiers, also equipped with the ACOG sight, could also be in the gun as “Christian Crusaders”, as Mavis Emberson points out, “…..you are giving a perfect excuse for all those who pretend to feel that the NZ soldiers are “Christian Crusaders” to kill all NZ Armed forces where ever that are..”
Since the concordance revelation the New Zealand Defence Force has been quick on the draw and ordered the removal of the letters from existing gun sights from its 260 Trijicon sights. I thought that such a hair trigger response would be unlikely to happen in the United States, where large numbers appear to believe that not only is God on their side but he speaks with a mid-Western accent, but just yesterday the issue had obviously become such an embarrassment for the Pentagon that it insisted that Trijicon send ‘removal kits’ that soldiers can use to file off the references. Only the more muscular military Christians will describe this as defiling the holy swords of salvation.
It is hard to imagine the previous American government moving so fast- or even at all- on this issue. There has been a fundamental change at the top. Is this the start of the War on Error? Borat has the last word-se vieo clip*.
#Lyall Lukey 24 Jan 2010
ABC News –Revelations
Video review of the Trijicon “ACOG” sights-3.43+ refers to the biblical inscriptions.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=F43mN5YilXg&feature=related Borat Being a Real Man at the Gun Club
OT and NT verses not used by Trijicon:
|Ecclesiastes 9:18||Wisdom is better than weapons of war|
|1 Samuel 17:47||It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves…|
|Matthew 26:52||All who take the sword will perish by the sword|
|Matthew 5:9||Blessed are the peacemakers|