Trijicon, ABC and the War on Secret Codes

ABC is helping to ensure that the Christianists don’t take over, or something:

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

I love that. “Coded references.” I suppose everything is a code if you don’t know what it means. I’ll have to see, but I’m guessing that these are on my Triji as well.

Now that this nefarious plan has been discovered, the Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq have a reason to hate us–just when matters were going so well.

What’s next, finding out some members of the US Military use Buck knives, which are individually shipped with entire non-encoded Bible verses? Horrors.

Update

I have it on very good authority that ACOG actually stands for “All Christians Own Guns.” Just don’t tell Brian I told you.

6 thoughts on “Trijicon, ABC and the War on Secret Codes

  1. The US has tried to bend over backwards framing this war as a war against terrorism…and not against Muslims.
    The terrorist would like nothing better than to frame Afghanistan as an Christian Crusade to defeat Islam.

    Trijicon plays right into the hands of the Jihadist.

    If you are a Jihadist recruiting suicide bombers and wanted to make the point that this is a Christian vs Muslim war and that all Muslims have an obligation to defend Islam against the Crusaders, all you have to do is point to religious verses on American manufactured gun sites as proof that these aren’t soldiers hunting terrorists…but Crusaders bent on destroying Islam.

    Absolutely irresponsible.

    A soldier who contacted MRFF said in his email: “Everyone is worried that if they were captured in combat that the enemy would use the Bible quotes against them in captivity or some other form of propaganda

    1. Norris,

      You seem to believe that we are dealing with what are commonly known as rational people. Unfortunately, that is not the case. They don’t need truth to frame anything (cf Korans in the toilet).

      Trijicon is hardly playing right into their hands. If you want to assign a bit of irresponsibility, try out ABC for size. What value does this news article have–other than to encourage those who believe that all traces of Christianity should be done away with? Does anyone truly believe that a verse reference stamped into an optical sight will place our servicepeople in greater peril than they are currently?

      Regarding the soldier of whom you speak, I would guess that there are many thousands of soldiers, airmen and marines who have pocket New Testaments, verses on dog tags (Shields of Strength), etc. My point being that there are any number of things which Muslims could take offense with if they wish to (and they often do, cf Mohammad cartoons).

      1. “What value does this news article have–other than to encourage those who believe that all traces of Christianity should be done away with?”

        Michael,

        ABC’s report is valuable because it reveals a behavior that endangers our country’s success in Afghanistan. The perception that the United States is “crusading” there is not relegated to Afghanistan, or to members of Al-Qaida. Interviews that I have read and conversations that I have had on my travels around the Mediterranean indicate that it is becoming increasingly prevalent among many Europeans and Middle Easterners. The prevalence of this notion can only diminish the already dwindling support for our mission in Afghanistan among our more secular allies.

        Even if you don’t believe that the help of countries with less religious populations like Germany, France, the U.K., or New Zealand (the whistle-blower in this case) is valuable to our troops, you can’t deny that we need to get the Afghan people on our side in order to achieve our goals. The vast majority of Afghans are Muslim. They are being asked to fight against other Muslims. This is, in all likelihood, a morally challenging act for them. That challenge must increase exponentially when they are asked to fight against their fellow Muslims with weapons branded with a religion that they do not accept. In order to claim victory in Afghanistan, the Afghan army must feel that they are fighting for themselves, not for an external power that is motivated by an alien ideology!

        Please reconsider your views. The friends that I have in the military are counting on us all to maximize their safety by supporting a wartime strategy that does not ignore the value of diplomacy. Even the most dogmatic of Christians should do everything he can to protect the sons and daughters of this great nation.

        1. A,

          The perception that we are “crusading” has been in place and will continue to be in place as long as we are not a majority Muslim nation. But surely you understand that bending over backwards in a politically correct fashion only causes our opponents to see us as week?

          Muslims fighting Muslims is roughly as morally challenging as Christians fighting Christians. If I remember correctly, there was lot of that going on in WWII. War, at all levels, is far from pretty, easy, or civilized. We are always dealing with personal and other issues which complicate matters.

          Yes, the vast majority of those who need to be on our side in Afghanistan are Muslim. Bringing up this non-story actually draws attention to something that was both relatively insignificant and longstanding from many years before the conflict began. Now, as I noted in a more recent post, Muslims have been told that they are to be outraged–and they are, right on cue.

          Your possible personal aversion to Christianity aside, claiming that things are more dangerous for us because of these verse references is to play right into the hands of those who would prevent us from doing anything which might offend. I’m sorry, but I see this tempest in a teapot as being in parallel with the politically correct handling of matters which led to Major Hasan permanently minimizing the safety of several military personnel.

          Yes, diplomacy is part of any war. News media outlets would have been wise to consider airing this story might set back such diplomatic discussions–for, in my opinion, no useful reason whatsoever.

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