Saturday, January 23, 2010

Trijicon drops Bible verses from scopes to save military contracts

Money speaks louder than Christian witness. So sez Trijicon, manufacturer of the ACOG scopes used by our military on M4s and other battle rifles.

Trijicon Drops Bible Lines From Scope


Rifle scopes bearing references to the New Testament no longer will be issued to American troops, and scopes already in service will have the references removed.

Military optics manufacturer Trijicon Inc., of Wixom, Mich., apparently concerned that a Pentagon review of the situation could lead to a loss or interruption of its multi-million dollar contract for the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, said it is ending the practice begun by the company’s founder more than 20 years ago.

Trijicon “has offered to voluntarily stop putting references to scripture on all products manufactured for the U.S. military – and will provide, free of charge, 100 modification kits to the Pentagon to enable the removal of the references that are already on products that are currently deployed,” the company said in a statement obtained by

“In response to concerns raised by the Department of Defense, Trijicon Inc. initiated this action to ensure the war-time production needs of the troops are met as quickly as possible,” the statement added.

The scopes are being used by American Soldiers and Marines and allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, including by Iraqis and Afghans. The scopes came under criticism from religious, civil liberties and watchdog groups -- and even from senior military leadership -- after they were featured in an ABC News “Nightline” segment on Jan. 18.

As the King James Version says, that sucketh.

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