US Soldiers Still Use Rifles with Bible Passages
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Rifles manufactured for US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan were found to contain references to Bible passages in 2010. Shortly thereafter, when the engravings were discovered, public outrage caused the US Department of Defense to have the engravings removed from the weapons. Some 2 years later and soldiers are still being deployed to Afghanistan with Bible passages clearly cited on their rifles. MSNBC reports:
When the so-called “Jesus rifle” came to light in Jan. 2010, it sparked constitutional and security concerns, and a maelstrom of media coverage. The Pentagon ordered the removal of the secret code referring to Bible passages that the manufacturer had inscribed on the scopes of the standard issue rifles carried by U.S. soldiers into battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly three years later — despite the military’s assertion that is making “good progress” — the code remains on many rifles deploying to Afghanistan, which some soldiers argue is endangering their lives by reinforcing suspicions that the United States is waging a crusade against Muslims.
The rifle sights are also engraved with other Biblical citations by the Michigan based, Crusade minded weapons manufacturer:
The code stamped into the metal of the soldier’s ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) ends with the model number with “JN8:12.” which refers to the New Testament passage, John 8:12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Other rifle scopes among some 250,000 provided by Michigan-based manufacturer Trijicon were imprinted with codes that point to passages in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Corinthians and Revelations, ABC News reported when it broke the news in 2010. Trijicon, reportedly had been following this practice for at least two decades, and it was well known to gun enthusiasts.
Are Christians truly waging a ‘crusade’ – Christian Holy War, against Muslims? That’s a question for you to answer, however, these Bible passages on weapons do not detract from such a notion.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and Allaah knows best.