Bit of a palaver in military circles — and others — over a private company’s additions to some standardized weapon accessories.
Seems that Trijicon Inc has been adding Biblical verses to the ends of the National Stock Numbers on their highly-popular ACOG and Reflex optical sights.
Trijicon states that they’ve been adding the Bible verses for thirty years or so, and that this is the first time they’ve had any complaints on the subject, but a group calling themselves the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” has its collective panties all up in a wad.
They’re claiming that a privately-owned company putting Christian stuff on their products violates the United States Constitution.
No word yet how they’re taking U.S. service-members getting paid in money with “In God We Trust” scribbled all over the face; military chaplains wearing a shiny silver cross prominently on their uniforms; that dratted Pledge of Allegiance; the frequent mention of St. Peter (Christian saint) and the Devil (Christian) in military cadences; The Marine’s Hymn — the oldest official song of any US military branch — which asserts that the streets of Heaven (Christian) are guarded by US Marines — not to mention the hymns of every other branch of the military which all seem to mention God (Christian) in one way or the other.
What a private company does with their products is their own business. If — for whatever reason — you don’t want to use their products … then don’t.
As for the excuse that some fundamentalist Islamists are going to use this as an excuse to claim that the United States is “embarked in a religious Crusade” — what rock have you nitwits been hiding under since 2003? Everything we do has been, is currently, and will continue to be used as proof that we’re involved in a “religious Crusade” against Islam.
If this is news to you, y’all need to climb down out of your ivory towers once in a while.
Seems to me if more people spent less time actively looking for a reason to get insulted — well, we’d probably be a bit better off.
But what do I know?