Jesus Takes the Rifle


A Michigan contractor that received $66 million from the Defense Dept. in 2009 alone inscribes Bible verses into the sights of its combat rifles:

"The inscriptions are subtle and appear in raised lettering at the end of the stock number. Trijicon's rifle sights use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they're aiming for.

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.'" … Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says the biblically inscribed sights could give the Taliban and other enemy forces a propaganda tool: that American troops are Christian crusaders invading Muslim countries."


An ABC News video report on the guns HERE.

(via signorile)


  1. johnny says

    That sort of idiocy steps on anyone else who is not a christian (agnostic, athiest, hindu, bhuddist, jewish, muslim, etc.) that is in the U.S. service and does not necessarily want to see that every time they look thru their site.

    Church and state, people, church and state…

  2. excy says

    This is wrong on so many levels. Although personally I think it is a bit sick, the Michigan contractor can inscribe whatever he wants into the sights of his combat rifles.
    But, unless the USA Defense Department requested those bible references, the government contract should be cancelled. If the USA government requested those references we have a much bigger problem. Separation of church and state – it is not THAT hard to understand!

  3. says

    Johnny said what I was going to say. So did Tim.

    In a country that can’t do right by “separation of church and state,” is it any wonder that guns and football players are inscribed with bible verses?

    Soon, John, Luke and Leviticus will be inscribed on our deodorant, underwear and condoms.

  4. patrick nyc says

    I’ve seen reports of the military saying prayers at training camps, and them passing out bibles to civilians in both Iraq and Afghanistan when it is an insult to their religious beliefs.

    As a country we are truly clueless and disrespectful to those who do not share the Christian mindset.

  5. Steve says

    Don’t we have more important and world shattering things to worry about than one manufacturer inscribing bible verses in their guns?

  6. peterparker says

    And we criticize Muslims for blowing themselves up in the name of religion! Granted, suicide bombing and jihad are evil. But so is killing in the name of the Christian God.

  7. says

    Who would’ve known? Now that the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak, it just gives our opponents another reason. I actually have no problem with this, but do with the press making something out of nothing. If they hadn’t reported it, it would’ve just been seen as part of the stock number. Idiots!

  8. says

    I don’t see the issue. The numbers don’t even mean anything unless you know they refer to Bible verses and then you go out of your way to look them up. Who really cares?

  9. LL says


    It is important to worry about this type of thing. By pushing a fundamentalist christian belief, they are also pushing intolerance towards gays, and other religions.

    As a nation, we need to stand up to this kind of proselytizing. If they want to sell equipment to private individuals with bible verses, then that is fine. But to sell equipment to the US military with bible verses is just wrong.

  10. says

    To those of you who can’t seem to understand why this is an issue— wake the fuck up. We are involved in combat in two Middle Eastern countries where the dominant religion is Islam. Even the Muslim people we are supposedly allied with would be outraged at the use of Biblical references on these weapons. Recall what the Christians did to the Muslims during the Crusades?

  11. says

    Again, I can’t see what the big deal is. All this manufacturer is doing, in his own way, is leaving a prayer to keep the troops safe. Nothing more. People have prayed for their troops for centuries and not just the Christian religions. I am totally against theocracy in government, but this is people digging up crap for craps sake. As I said above, without the publicity, no one would have known that the manufacturer was expressing his prayers to the troops. This has nothing to do with gay rights, nor pushing his/their religion on someone else. If it was, I would be with most of you on this, but I can’t see it.

  12. Suzie says

    From my friend to whom I just read this piece while on the phone:

    “As a Christian I find that horrifying and offensive. But then I find much of what other so-called Christians do these days horrifying and offensive, so I suppose I shouldn’t be as shocked as I am by it.”

  13. JT says

    Dopey Signorile must be absolutely freaking out about the possibility of Bahati at the prayer breakfast to go bothering us with this non-gay issue.

  14. TANK says

    This is horrendous. Taxpayer dollars are funding this rubbish. What happened to the first motherfucking amendment?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,”

    Does that clause mean nothing? I would have expected this kind of shit under Bushco. Disgusting.

  15. asdfer says

    CONTACT! 2 man patrol heading west.

    Jackson, target that man on the left.
    Ben, take that man on the right.

    in Jesus’s name, OPEN FIRE!!!

  16. Augie says

    Some Pentagon mouth piece has now claimed that biblical inscribtions on rifle scopes is no big deal and it’s the same thing as “In God We Trust” on US money.

    Well..IF this Christian Nation trusted a god, they wouldn’t need a military (or a population buying guns)in the first place.

  17. says

    This isn’t a prayer or a blessing. The guns create light… the verse is about light… put 2 and 2 together.

    Doesn’t surprise me though. Christianity is a cult for the brainwashed just as ugly as any religions found in the Middle East, and the military is comprised of hired killers. War is nothing more than a bunch of crazy people murdering each other – this bible verse just adds to the stupidity of it all.

  18. jamal49 says

    Oh, I get it. I thought this was another hot gossip bit about Jesus LUZ!!

    Seriously, this just about makes the case that American evangelical christianity is on a par with Muslim extremism. Instead of “Allahu Akbar”, we’ll get “Praise Jesus” as the evangelical wing-nuts start firing their loaded guns at anyone and everyone they decide is “un-American” or “anti-Jesus”. God, I am ashamed to admit it but I HATE those people. They are a poisonous cancer on the American body-politic and on American society as a whole.