Jesus Rifles !

President Barrack Obama, during his first overseas visit in Turkey, said the U.S. “is not and will never be at war with Islam.” However, US gunsights inscriptions with biblical references that might lead some to believe that Americans are using “Jesus rifles” against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Central Command spokesman, Air Force Maj. John Redfield, told the Associated Press, “This situation is not unlike the situation with U.S. currency. Are we going to stop using money because the bills have ‘In God We Trust’ on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they’ll continue to be used.”
Redfield says the inscriptions do not break military rules on proselytizing because the equipment is not distributed beyond the troops who are actually using them.
Trijicon’s director of sales and marketing, told Associated Press, “We don’t publicize this.” He says, “It’s not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, ‘Yes, it’s there.’ ”

According to an ABC report, one of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which 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 references include citations 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"

In an interview with ABC, Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation feels the religious inscriptions will give the Taliban and other enemies of the U.S. a propaganda tool where they could say American troops are Christian crusaders invading Muslim countries.

"I don’t have to wonder for a nanosecond how the American public would react if citations from the Koran were being inscribed onto these U.S. armed forces gun sights instead of New Testament citations.",+Bibilical+Script&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=m1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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