WASHINGTON —Despite the US claim, that War against Iraq and Afghanistan, and “War on Terrorism” is not crusade and not against Islam, the facts appear different. It emerged recently that the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan were using rifle sights inscribed with coded Biblical references.
It followed a report from ABC television which revealed that Michigan-based contractor Trijicon had sold up to 800,000 of the sights to the US military which were being used in combat.
The report said the religious codes -- referencing passages from the New Testament -- appeared to be a violation of US military rules prohibiting proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A statement posted on the Trijicon website said: "As part of our faith and our belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades.
"As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation."
The company told ABC there was nothing illegal in putting the references on the gun sights.
According to ABC, one of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament.
The passage 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."
Other citations are taken from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world."
John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads: "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."