ZOMG!!! It’s a CRUSADE!!!

We’ve talked about combat optics for our troops. Turns out that ABC news has managed to find something controversial about them.

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

Of course, some nitwits with nothing better to do than criticize Christians brought this to ABC’s attention.  But ABC implies that Trijicon, the maker of the sights, is breaking the law:

U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious “Crusade” in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

But that’s a conflation of two entirely different spheres of law. The rules specifically prohibiting proselytizing are a part of General Order Number One.  That’s the general order from CentCom that, among other things, prohibits troops from drinking alcohol while in the theater.

But here’s the thing. General Orders do NOT apply to contractor’s in the United States. Any problems that the government has with Trijicon would be covered by the contract under which they supplied sights to the service. Until today, the Army apparently didn’t have any complaints about the sights.

Crappy reporting, ABC.


2 thoughts on “ZOMG!!! It’s a CRUSADE!!!”

  1. I noticed that all the verses mentioned in the article contained references to “light” in one form or another. That’s very appropriate for optics, in my opinion.

  2. Yeah, I saw mention of that as well, and given the tritium illuminated nature of the reticles, very fitting.

    As an aside, saying this is a crusade, is like saying the tritium means we’re using nuclear weapons.

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