Summary: U.S. Army officials discovered that scopes manufactured by the Michigan-based defense contractor Trijicom contained references to scriptural verses embedded within the serial number. Army spokesman Matthew Bourke said the inscriptions were added to the scopes without Army approval, thus failing to meet the contract's requirements. As a result, soldiers at Fort Wainwright were directed to turn in their scopes so the Bible references could be removed. The screenshot provided below illustrates the inscription:
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You can see how the Biblical verse was embedded into the serial number. JN8:12 represents John 8:12 (KJV), which states "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". The other inscription was for Second Corinthians 4:6 (KJV), which reads "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ". As is shown in the screenshot, military personnel will file off the inscriptions and cover the area with black paint.
Supposedly, the scriptural references break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, among other predominantly Muslim countries. But the Department of Defense has enforced it ambiguously; a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said in 2010 that the Trijicon sights didn't violate the government's rule and compared the citations on the sights to the "In God We Trust" inscription printed on U.S. currency. Former Army Gen. David Petraeus disagreed and called the practice "disturbing". Considering that Petraeus was outed as an adulterer, I'm not sure he's the best judge of anyone's character; while we all sin and all fall short of the glory of God, most of us are smart enough not to commit the type of sins that create a national spectacle and embarrass our nation before the international community.
So why do I consider this another shot in the war against Christianity? It's because these measures are imposed so frequently, and Christians are singled out over Jews, Muslims, and others. Some of the more recent examples (after the jump):
-- In February 2013, the University of Michigan booted an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter off campus for requiring its leaders to sign a statement affirming their Christian faith, as required by the Fellowship's constitution. The university claimed the requirement was a violation of the campus non-discrimination policy. But by kicking the chapter off campus, the university did in fact discriminate against them.
-- In January 2013, Joelle Silver, a teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York who also advised a school Bible Study club, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the district after she was forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan. Among the items that had to be removed were a poster with an inspirational Bible verse superimposed over an American flag and inspirational messages she had written on sticky notes kept on her desk. The quote from former President Reagan was “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”
-- In August 2012, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack L. Rich sent an e-mail to officer and non-commissioned officer subordinates to ensure his command would be educated on some of the extremist groups out there that do not share Army Values. However, the body of the email detailing a wide range of groups labeled as hate or extremist groups appears to have been lifted word-for-word from the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); because it listed several state and national organizations with extensive support among the Christian conservative right, including the American Family Association and Family Research Council, as domestic hate groups, it triggered an outcry when it was publicized in April 2013. The Army has since disavowed it as being Lt. Col. Rich's personal opinion only and not part of an Army-approved training program.
But the same standard is not as often applied to non-Christians. The judge in the case of accused U.S. Army terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan, Col. Gregory Gross, was removed for bias by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces after it ruled that military command, not a military judge, has responsibility for grooming standards, and that Gross could no longer convincingly appear to be unbiased in handling Hasan’s case. Col. Gross had repeatedly ordered Hasan to shave his beard and issued six counts of contempt for Hasan's refusal. Although Hasan has been a Muslim much of his life, it is only after he was jailed that he decided to grow a beard to prove what a bad-ass Muslim he was. Here's Hasan, an accused mass murderer whose crime was witnessed by many, being allowed to violate military regulations because of religion.
And get a load of this rhetoric from a leading Jewish supremacist, Mikey Weinstein, who runs the so-called Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In a HuffPo article entitled "Fundamentalist Christian Monsters: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", Weinstein complains about crude name-calling by pro-family Christian advocates, but his entire hit piece is an orgy of name-calling against Christians. Here's an excerpt:
Queasy with the bright and promising lights of the cultural realities of the present day, those evil, fundamentalist Christian creatures and their spiritual heirs have taken refuge behind flimsy, well-worn, gauze-like euphemistic facades such as "family values" and "religious liberty". These bandits coagulate their stenchful substances in organizations such as the American Family Association (AFA), the ultra-fundamentalist Family Research Council (FRC), and the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL). The basis of their ruinous unity is the bane of human existence and progress: horrific hatred and blinding bigotry. However, when the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others correctly characterize them as "hate groups," they all too predictably raise a deafening hue and disingenuously bellow mournfully like the world class cowards they are.
This is nothing more that raw, undistilled bigotry, and shows that there is a war against Christianity in the United States. The God And Country blog has been waging political warfare against Weinstein for years. But a warning to anti-Christian bigots: My Jesus doesn't just "feed sheep"; he also kicks ass.