In the article which I linked two days ago, we were told that Muslims would be highly offended to find that US Military personnel had scripture references on their Trijicon sighting systems. Now, we have the following:
Muslim groups reacted angrily Wednesday after it emerged that the U.S. military is using combat rifle sights inscribed with coded Biblical references.
Army officials have said they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to Bible verses on the gun sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday said the continued use of the sights with the religious references would send a negative message to the Muslim world.
“The use of military equipment with hidden Bible references sends the false message to Muslims worldwide that we are at war with Islam,” said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. “In addition, these sights are a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces, endanger our troops and alienate our Muslim allies. They should we withdrawn as soon as logistically possible.”
Of course CAIR is angry. They were told they should be and encouraged by the media to respond in such a way as to make Trijicon, the military and anyone who might either support this or even be ambivalent about it look like the bad guys. This organization has never turned down an opportunity to help Muslims become the victims.
People, we are fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq–against real people with real weapons. The possibility that this manufactured outrage might help to ensure that our warfighters do not have some of the best optical equipment around to help them is a sad lesson in “tolerance” run amok.