Memorize Bible Verses as You Aim Your Rifle!

I often get criticized for allegedly caricaturing evangelicals and mainliners.  I’ll write something critical, and people will comment that I’m taking cheap shots, creating straw men, etc.  But seriously, check out this BBC story on an American company that puts Bible verse references on the rifle scopes used by American and British soldier.  This is better than The Onion could make up:

Coded references to biblical passages are inscribed on gunsights widely used by the US and British military in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has emerged.

The markings include “2COR4:6” and “JN8:12”, relating to verses in the books of II Corinthians and John.

Trijicon, the US-based manufacturer, was founded by a devout Christian, and says it runs to “Biblical standards”.

…The company states on its website: “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.”

via BBC News – Gunsights’ biblical references concern US and UK forces.

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  • given the verses involved, do the sights include night vision tech?

  • Patrick O

    “coded references”!

    That nefarious secret society of Christians are at it again with their secret codes and symbols that hide their meaning from the masses!

    Out here in California, we have long been used to the fact that In’N’Out, one of the best places for a hamburger, puts similar codes on the bottom of its beverages. So, there’s some consumerism to add to the violence in Bible code application.

    I read somewhere earlier today that this Trijicon company has been doing this for about 23 years, so it’s not exactly a new thing. Just getting a lot of press all of a sudden for some reason. I do appreciate the idea they run according to Biblical standards, which I assume means they make all their gunsights are certified kosher.

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  • Patrick Boatman

    And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, “O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.”

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  • nathan

    this is just another version of sports figures putting bible verses in their game paint.

    this type of stuff makes me want to jam a pencil in my eye so i can feel better.


  • stephen

    It seems to me this just follows the tradition started 1700 years ago when Constantine ordered a cross be painted on his troop’s shields. These rifle scopes are just the small tip of a very large plank in the eye of Christendom.

  • Bible references on gun sights are a great comfort to me, it reminds me to keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith.

    It saddens me as a soldier that you who bask in the freedoms my sacrifice has given you and mock the way in which it is purchased. I served in the military, and many of my brothers in Christ do also. They fight bleed and die so you can have your conversations without arabic speaking hoardes imposing sharia law on you. Of course, that is something you say you would not mind.

  • Matt

    “Allegedly”? You re-tweeted a joke that called Pat Robertson a bag of S@#%. You do caricature mainliners.

  • Korey