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Trijicon sights: How the ‘Jesus gun’ misfired

Biblical references on rifle sights have been an open secret among soldiers. But it’s become an embarrassment for the Pentagon, causing Michigan gunmaker Trijicon to send ‘removal kits.’

Trijicon's Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG). At the end of the scope's model number is 'JN8:12', 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.'

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A Michigan manufacturer criticized for putting biblical citations on gunsights sold to the US military vows to end the practice. It has sent 100 “removal kits” that soldiers can use to scrape off words that critics say promote the idea of a Christian crusade in the Middle East.
The revelations, first reported by ABC News, caused embarrassment and consternation within the Pentagon after religious groups – including the Interfaith Alliance – complained that it violated an Army rule against proselytizing.

The Pentagon at first said the inscriptions did not violate Army rules, and one official compared the sight references with “In God We Trust” on US currency. On Thursday, however, Gen. David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, called the references “disturbing” and a “serious concern.”


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