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I've seen some crazy stories in recent weeks, but this takes the cake. If I hadn't read this article myself, I would have thought somebody was pulling my leg. According to an Associated Press story published Jan. 19, US defense contractor Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., has been secretly inscribing references to Bible verses on night-vision gun sights used by US AND Iraqi troops. 

Markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, which is standard issue to U.S. special operations forces, include "JN8:12," a reference to John 8:12: "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"

The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

This is so wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to begin. For starters, Trijicon is a US defense contractor, which means they receive funding from US tax dollars. Talk about a violation of Church & State.  Second, these tools are used by soldiers of all faiths, including Jews, Muslims, and even Atheists. And third, these pieces of equipment are used for KILLING!  Soldiers use these scopes so they can spot a human target, night or day, and take them down. Read the Bible verses above closely. WWJD? I don't think He would be very happy about his words being used on killing machines. Have we really reverted back to that old saying: "Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out?"

But most importantly, this fiasco just reinforces the beliefs/stereotypes among many in the Arab World that Americans are Christian crusaders bent on destroying Islam. I'm sure many Americans will see nothing wrong with these 'Jesus Guns', but I'm wondering how they would felt if the situation was reversed and the weapons contained references to Koran verses.

Now before you go accusing me of being a bleeding-heart liberal, let me preface by saying I am a US Army veteran. I am not anti-war or anti-guns, and there are certainly bad guys out there who need to be taken out permanently. But this is just un-fracking-believable. Bible references do NOT belong on government equipment.

Click here to read the full AP story

And here's the story from ABC News