ABC News has uncovered the inscription of passages from the Christian Bible on guns that are used by the U.S. military. Trijicon, the company that makes the gun parts with the Christian messages, says that it’s no big deal, and that the only Americans who care are “not Christian”.
Of course, that’s the point. The guns carried by American soldiers are not supposed to be used in the name of Christianity against other religions. The U.S. military is not supposed to be a Christian organization.
The presence of the passages from the Christian New Testament renew concerns that many in the military and civilian federal government alike regard the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a new Christian crusade against Islam. At the beginning of his “War on Terror”, George W. Bush openly referred to the fighting as a “crusade”, and later was quoted as saying that he believed that the wars were the will of the Christian God. Military leaders such as General William G. Boykin have made public speeches about their belief that Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting for Christianity to prevail against an Islamic Satan.
The Christian scriptures on American military rifles reinforce the common perception among people in Muslim countries that Americans fight against them because they want to spread Christianity. The printing of these Bible verses on guns certainly does create a new level religious meaning.
Some guns carry the code for the Gospel of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life, and will then go and shoot people with rifles.”
Others feature Corinthians Chapter 6, Verse 4, which states, “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, and then to send a volley of bullets into the bodies of our enemies.”
Then there’s the gun Bible verse from Matthew Chapter 5 Verse 8: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God, and then die, die, die!”
It’s a religion of peace, see.