Coalition rifles in Afghanistan are inscribed with references to the Bible

manicstreetpreacher never ceased to be amazed that each side in a war always claims to have God on their side.

BBC News reports that arms supplier, Trijion, who supply coalition forces in Afghanistan, and had a deal with the US Defense Department for $66m (£40.3m) in 2009 alone, inscribe codes references of verses in the Good Book on their rifles:

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”.

But military officials in the US and UK have expressed concern over the way the markings will be perceived.

The company has added the references to its sights for many years, but the issue surfaced only recently when soldiers complained to an advocacy group…

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.”

The nod to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, found on the company’s Reflex sight, references the text: “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 company states on its website: “We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals.”

Reminds me of a classic “alternative prayer” offered up by one of history’s finest heretics:

The War Prayer

O Lord our God, help us to tear their bodies to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded.

– Mark Twain

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