Thou Shalt Not Kill (Unless Christ Endorses Your Gun)
This piece from the BBC is profoundly disturbing:
Coded references to biblical passages are inscribed on gunsights widely used by the US and British military in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has emerged. The markings include "2COR4:6" and "JN8:12", relating to verses in the books of Corinthians II and John. Trijicon, the US-based manufacturer, was founded by a devout Christian, and says it runs to "Biblical standards".The first passage, Corinthians II 4:6, reads "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." The second, John 8:12, reads "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." I'm sure back when God transmitted those verses to his terrestrial scribes he thought, in his omniscience: "These ones will be perfect for killing instruments of the 21st century."If we're trying to convince anyone-an Afghan Muslim, for example-that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq aren't clashes between religions, this is really going to look bad. And actually, forget about perceptions of the American military abroad. If you want to win my heart and mind, get God off our guns fast.In-N-Out Burger does a similar thing, printing discreet Bible references on their paper cups and burger wrappers. But in their case it's less offensive because we don't use soda and burgers to kill foreign Muslims-just ourselves.A group called the U.S. Military Religious Freedom Foundation has raised objections and it looks like they're being taken seriously. Praise Allah that such a group exists.