Christianist Values: Jesus on a Sniper Scope!19 January, 2010
Trijicon is, by most accounts, a reputable member of the national defense establishment and the NRA. I know that they produce excellent scopes for rifles — for hunting trophies, for meat, and for hunting humans (real quick caveat: I do not hunt but I have no real problem with most hunters; I also understand the ethics and efficacy of military sniping — neither is the point of this post (not that that will stop some, but . . .)). It would appear that they are, at some level, full-blown Christianists looking to ‘save’ the Middle East (after all, those ragheads are worshipping the wrong misogynistic psychopathic ‘god(s)’) for the greater glory of the eternal paradise of . . . Sorry.
This company supplies low-light and long-range sighting devices for observation and snipers. They also decided to (I guess?) protect the troops by engraving messages from the great arms merchant the Bible on the scopes. (from ABC):
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.
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious “Crusade” in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
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.”
Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions “have always been there” and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is “not Christian.” The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.
Are these people fucking insane? Are they aware that the mere rumour that pig fat was used to grease the cartridges issued to the Muslim troops in India in the 1860s caused the Sepoy rebellion? Do they know enough to not piss off the people we are killing for peace? Are they aware that this violates U.S. Military regulations? (from The Reaction (citation needed on the quote)):
“U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious ‘Crusade’ in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.”
But Trijicon has values: right on their website it states:
We will be honest, dependable, trustworthy and fair towards each other, our employees, our customers and our suppliers.
We will work together as employees, customers and suppliers, valuing the unique contributions of each, to produce optimal aiming solutions.
We desire long-term relationships with our customers. We will listen and continually improve our products to meet their needs.
We will strive to attain a zero-defect rate in all our processes. Our products will be made to maximize durability and service life. We will continue to lead our industry by encouraging creative solutions.
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.
I do admire their chutzpah, though (in the same way I admire, say, Romo’s quarterbacking ability or Cheney’s disdain for the truth). They argue that they have ‘always done it’ so it has to be legal (heard that one about a hundred times), the issue was raised by ‘non-Christians’ (heard that argument, too), and it was begun by the founder who is dead. And was a devout Christian. So the rules don’t apply. Nor does common sense.
I’m starting to wonder which is worse: Christianists in government or Christianists in the military-industrial complex? Or is there a difference?