Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bible Codes on Rifle Sights

ABC News has reported that optical rifle sights supplied to the U.S. Military by a Michigan company called Trijicon contain bible codes attached to their serial numbers.

The codes are in the same font as the serial numbers and reference New Testament passages such as John 8:12 which says “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Now that’s hardly what I would call a non-sectarian message. I would say it’s especially inappropriate because the sights are used on rifles issued to Iraqi and Afghanistan military personnel during training.

The company has responded that it has always included the codes and that it is not doing anything illegal. Army and Marine spokesmen claim that they were unaware of the codes.

This is just another example of Christians who think it is acceptable for them to ignore the principle of the separation of church and state.

I think the government should insist that either Trijicon stop the inscriptions or their contract should be canceled. For those sights already delivered, the company should be forced to exchange them for sights without codes on its own nickel.

I’m betting that the military does absolutely nothing other than maybe insisting that new sights have the codes removed and I’m not even sure they’ll do that.

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