Here we see a Trijicon-made rifle sight stamped with “JN8:12,” referring to John 8:12, which reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Because nothing says “Jesus” like high-powered rifle sights, Trijicon, a Michigan-based company that makes just those military accoutrements, has been churning out sights for use by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan that are stamped with Biblical codes from the New Testament. So much for the whole “no proselytizing” rule in our nation’s armed forces. —KA
A photo on a Department of Defense Web site shows Iraqi soldiers being trained by U.S. troops with a rifle equipped with the bible-coded sights.
“It’s wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws,” said Michael “Mikey” Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military.
“It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles,” he said.
Weinstein, an attorney and former Air Force officer, said many members of his group who currently serve in the military have complained about the markings on the sights. He also claims they’ve told him that commanders have referred to weapons with the sights as “spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ.”