Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gunsight story

Very odd story about Biblical references stamped on US gunsights.

Coded references to biblical passages are inscribed on gunsights widely used by the US and British military in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has emerged.

The markings include "2COR4:6" and "JN8:12", relating to verses in the books of Corinthians II and John.


Continues here.

Thanks to anticant and Eric. Not particularly sinister, just weird....

8 comments:

Jit said...

This will not impress those who see Western interventions as part of a crusade.

Perhaps it cheers the troops up to think they have magic on their side? Reminds me of the piece from the Staffordshire hoard that read "Rise up, O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face."

LonelyAtheist said...

The company states on its website: "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."

Oh, sweet jesus... not this again.

anticant said...

Well, using religion as an incentive to kill people is very Biblical and Koranic, isn't it?

Who will rid us of these pestilent preachers?

Greg O said...

I can't begin to get my head round this... America's supposedly keen to dispel any notion that they're waging a religious war against Islam, and they turn up waving guns inscribed with Bible verses. Who handles PR for these people?

anticant said...

Evidently not Max Clifford.

Nick said...

Testimony from an American Muslim soldier about his experience of Christian bigotry in the US army: Why Those Christian Gunsights Matter. Some of the comments are interesting, too.

Latest: Jesus Rifles Stopped!

Paul P. Mealing said...

This story showed up in tonight's news in Australia, and our defence forces are having the script removed or the gunsights replaced.

I understand the American provider has given into overseas pressure and said they won't supply them in the future with the biblical references.

Regards, Paul.

Giford said...

I'm just thinking of all the other Biblical verses they could have chosen.

'Thou shalt not kill' would be particularly apt on a sniper-scope.

Gif