Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Military Contractor Secretly Placing Biblical References On Rifle Sights

In an investigative report yesterday, ABC News revealed one of the more unusual examples of religion intruding in the military. A Michigan company, Trijicon, has a $660 million contract to supply up to 800,000 high-powered rifle sights to the Marine Corps, and additional sights to the Army. It urns out that the company has been added coded references to New Testament verses at the end of the serial number on each rifle sight. For example, serial numbers end with "2COR4:6" (Second Corinthians 4:6) or "JN8:12" (John 8:12). The company says it has been adding the references for years. The practice was begun by the company's founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa. The company's website makes reference to the goodness of Americans based on Biblical standards. The military was unaware of the company's practice. The Biblical references were in the same type size and font as the rest of the serial number on the sight.

Tom Munson, Trijicon's director of sales and marketing said there is nothing wrong with the inscriptions and that the issue was raised by a group that is "not Christian." Apparently the practice was called to the military' attention by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. MMRF's founder, Mikey Weinstein, says members of his group that currently serve in the military have complained about the inscriptions, saying that commanders have referred to the weapons with these sights as "spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ." Interfaith Alliance issued a statement calling on the Defense Department to conduct an immediate investigation and to take appropriate action if Trijicon broke any laws.