Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Holy Crap, Holy War

Don’t these people read any history ?

Read the Secret 'Jesus' Messages on U.S. Military Weapons

Gun sights used in Iraq and Afghanistan have coded Bible references.

”In August of 2005 Trijicon was awarded a $660 million dollar, multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 of its Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) to the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Trijicon, the ACOG is "designed to function in bright light, low light or no light conditions," and is "ideal for combat due to its high degree of discrimination, even among multiple moving targets." At the end of the scope's model number, you can read "JN8:12", which is a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (King James Version) (ABC News) “

You can read the whole story here.

The first thing I thought of when I read this story ? This story, which can be found in most history books or Wikipedia:

Indian Rebellion of 1857

”The final spark was provided by the reaction of (East India) Company officers to the controversy over the ammunition for new Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle. To load the new rifle, the sepoys had to bite the cartridge open. It was believed that the paper cartridges that were standard issue with the rifle were greased with lard (pork fat) which was regarded as unclean by Muslims, or tallow (beef fat), regarded as anathema to Hindus. East India Company officers first became aware of the impending trouble over the cartridges in January, when they received reports of an altercation between a high-caste sepoy and a low-caste labourer at Dum Dum. The labourer had taunted the sepoy that by biting the cartridge, he had himself lost caste, although at this time the Dum-Dum Arsenal had not actually started to produce the new round, nor had a single practice shot been fired. On January 27, Colonel Richard Birch, the Military Secretary, ordered that all cartridges issued from depots were to be free from grease, and that sepoys could grease them themselves using whatever mixture "they may prefer". This however, merely caused many sepoys to be convinced that the rumours were true and that their fears were justified.“

Bible verses on a military gun sight ? What were these people thinking ? Oh, that’s right, they weren’t. As the Earth-bound Misfit put it:

”It has been a consistent propaganda point by our enemies that American forces are "crusaders", who are intent on converting Muslims to Christianity or just killing them.“

Holy crap. What a stupid, stupid, stupid move on Trijicon’s part.

Don Brown
January 19, 2010

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