ACOG Bible references to be removed
22 January 2010
Trijicon, the US manufacturer of ACOG scopes, has agreed to not add coded references to Bible verses to its sights in future over uproar after the codes were made public.
A variety of codes, which include "2COR4:6" and "JN8:12", had been printed in raised lettering between the sights' model number and the text "Made in the USA". Trijicon has now said it will provide kits to allow forces to remove the lettering from the sights, while removing the lettering altogether for the US Army, US Marines, and forces in Australia and New Zealand.
The British Ministry of Defence has ordered over 400 of the company's Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights for use on the new L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle.
The issue came to the fore when a Muslim US soldier informed the Military Religious Freedom Foundation of the markings.
American General David Petraeus described the practice of adding the references to the sights as "disturbing" and said it was "a serious concern" to commanders in Afghanistan.
HAVE YOUR SAY
20 April 2010
"Disturbing" and "a serious concern"...??? Why? it isn't like we were shooting Bible's at them...or killing them by crucifixion. What difference should it make that there is a coded reference to the Bible on a sight? Much ado about NOTHING. In fact if it gave comfort to ONE Christian solider while deployed then it is worth it.
Scar - Tacoma, Wa USA
25 April 2010
What's the point in putting bible codes on optics anyway? It doesn't increase the effectiveness of the optic in any way. If anything, it exacerbates the problem of the War on Terror being seen as some religious "crusade" when it's anything but.
What about soldiers who aren't Christians, like the above-mentioned Muslim soldier? Did you ever consider them? As hard as it might be for some to accept it, there ARE people in the United States, both civilian and governmental/military, that don't believe in the Christian faith.
That Guy - His House