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Brought To You By The Makers Of The Holy Hand Grenade Of Antioch

January 19, 2010

Crusade? What crusade? Oh.

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

What did these guys do? Have brain farting storming session about the best ways to piss off the locals and fire up the Al Qaeda recruitment centers? What’s next, camouflage versions of the Knights Templar? Unbelievable.

Aside from the military problems this causes, how about the choice of verses:

One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as “the light of the world.” John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

“I smite thee with my high powered rifle in Christian Love.” That’s just creepy. If your gonna biblicize your killing machine, at least pick an appropriate verse, like one from the conquest of Jericho:

They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

You don’t even need to go Old Testament. Jesus kills most of the world in Revelation. And of course, like many of his followers, apparently, he “did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Even so, I’d go Old Testament style with the QT version of Ezekiel 25:17:

P.S. If you’ve been living in a cave (in Afghanistan or elsewhere), here’s the title reference: