The US Army has ordered troops in Fort Wainwright, Alaska to completely remove Bible verses from their weapon scopes.
The official order reads, “In accordance with included instructions remove the biblical reference from the indicated area of the M150RCO/ACOG. This biblical reference will include, but not be limited to JN8:12 and 2COR4:6.”
These two engravings refer to John 8:12 and Second Corinthians 4:6. The two verses respectively read, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” and “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 God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
The Michigan-based company Trijicon manufactures the scopes as part of a $660 million contract with the US government. Future contracts might be in jeopardy following the stunt – Army spokesman Matthew Bourke stated that the inscriptions were added “without the Army’s approval. Consequently, the modified scopes did not meet the requirement under which the contract was executed.”
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The Army ordered military personnel to file off the inscriptions and cover the area in black paint. The order has provoked a mixed response. One Christian soldier told Fox News, “It blows my mind. It doesn’t help the Army do its mission to take off a biblical reference.”
On the other side of the fence, supporters of the order argue that the verses could incite Muslim terrorists who are fighting back against a perceived holy war. That is a concern many Americans share following the Boston bombings, which may have been religiously motivated. Indeed, the verses are in direct opposition to Army policy. General Order No. 1 strictly prohibits Department of Defense personnel from proselytizing while in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern companies.
This isn’t the first time that Trijicon stirred up controversy. They made headlines back in 2010 by supplying scopes with biblical references to the Marine Corps and Army.
Sources: Fox News