The U.S. Military does not build its own weapons. Instead, it purchases them from third party contractors who have proven that they provide the best weapon at the best price. One of these contractors is Trijicon, which manufactures rifle scopes. On these scopes, Trijicon includes what looks like a cryptic code, although it makes perfect sense to practicing Christians: JN8:12 and 2COR4:6. In other words, John 8:12 and Second Corinthians 4:6. Both passages refer to Jesus as a light in the darkness; neither advocates a crusading religious fervor.
Despite the fact that the notations matter only to those who care, have no meaning to those who don’t, and are too cryptic to count as proselytizing, Muslims have been complaining about that those thirteen characters for years. They challenged the same markings when they were discovered in 2010 on Army and Marine equipment.
With an eye for public relations, Muslims in 2010 contended that they were making a fuss to protect the troops. The presence of these references to non-aggressive Biblical verses, they said, meant that American troops would be perceived as enemies of Islam, engaged in a new crusade. Considering that American troops have been at war with Islamic fighters since 2003, in order to protect American from attacks on its constitutional democracy, that horse has probably left the barn and is galloping into the next county right now.
The U.S. Army has once again bowed to anti-Christian pressure and ordered troops to remove the bible inscriptions from their scopes. (An unsurprising move given that a leaked Army/DHS email labeled Christians as a “hate group.”) According to Fox News, soldiers at Fort Wainwright in Alaska received an official directive requiring them to remove the references and telling them how to do it:
The biblical verse (JN8:12) must be removed utilizing a Dremel type tool and then painted black.
Of course, as we already noted, there is no Biblical verse on the scopes – merely a discrete reference to Biblical passages that remind Christian American troops that they are never alone on the battlefield. What Trijicon did is precisely what In-N-Out Burgers does. That company routinely stamps Biblical references on its disposable food containers, such as “John 3:16” on its soda cups or “Proverbs 3:5” on its milkshake cups. The text is never included, and the verses are expressions of faith, not aggression. Even Snopes.com, which has a liberal tilt, was undisturbed by In-N-Out’s practice, saying
As proselytizing goes, this is about as low-key as it gets. Not even the texts of the verses themselves are printed out; those looking to absorb the messages (and who don’t have this article handy) have to do so with the assistance of their own Bibles.
The Army has justified its craven retreat by claiming that the manufacturer exceeded its bureaucratic mandate. Army spokesman Matthew Bourke sent a written statement to Fox News that explained that “The vendor etched those inscriptions on scopes without the Army’s approval. Consequently, the modified scopes did not meet the requirement under which the contract was executed.” Right. And the only ones who care are the people who frequently speak about for America’s enemies on the battlefield, rather than for America herself. Hmmm.
Too often, Progressives confuse the First Amendment’s promise of freedom of worship with an absence of worship. The government may not promote a federal religion, but it’s not supposed to banish religions either.
(Read more about the administration’s hostility to the military, as seen by its decision to cut funding for soldiers to take college classes, while increasing education funding for illegal aliens or its general practice of giving the least amount possible to those who gave the most anyone could give.)