Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spiritually Transformed Firearms of Jesus Christ


     What would Jesus fire?

"The United States is not and will never be at war with Islam." -President Barrack Obama in his first speech to a Muslim nation, Turkey, in 2009

"I was praying for strength to do the Lord's will.  I'm surely not going to justify war based upon God. Understand that. Nevertheless, in my case, I pray that I will be as good a messenger of His will as possible. And then of course, I pray for forgiveness."  -President George W. Bush on his decision to invade Iraq in an interview with Bob Woodward in 2003

     I'd like you introduce you to Trijicon, an American company, founded on good old-fashioned Christian values of honesty and integrity, with the following self described morality:
     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.
     Yes, "those morals," such as killing in the name of Jesus Christ with what some in the U.S. military are referring to as their "spiritually transformed firearms of Jesus Christ," a onetime pacifist whom I'm sure would be proud of all the Christians who've killed in his name over the past two millennia.

     ABC news reports that Trijicon, holder of a $660 million contract to provide 800,000 gun sites to the U.S. military, prints Christian bible passages on their killing products.  How's that for hypocrisy? (The full Nightline report is embedded below.)

     The military claims that they didn't know, even though some of their soldiers refer to their Trijicon-enhanced weapons as their "Jesus rifles."  These are the same guns being used to train non-Christian Afghan and Iraqi soldiers to protect nations whose trust we are struggling to win.  We tell them we are not waging a Christian religious war, but our guns are inscribed with texts referring to Jesus as the "the light of the world" and being the way to move from darkness into light.  These are the same guns that any moron can find on youtube with gun enthusiasts bragging up the Christian scripture references and ignorantly taunting, "for those of you who aren't Christians, well you know, whatever, get over it!" and "I didn't know there were that many different verses on all the different optics," AND, "They chose some whoppers too!"

     The ABC report continues:
     "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael "Mikey" Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military."It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles," he said. He said coded biblical inscriptions play into the hands of "those who are calling this a Crusade." "This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country," said Weinstein. "It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy."
     Pushing religion at gunpoint, torture in our military prisons, and religious rhetoric to justify our invasions?  We are no different from the "enemies" we seek to destroy.  I'm so tired of this America.

     When will the majority of people in our nation unite and stand up against the thinly veiled religious wars that our tax dollars are fundingWhen will Christians, who claim to be about love and peace, stand up for the true message of their Jesus and call for an end to the violence in his name?  Apparently not anytime soon.

     In response to the ABC News report,
Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian."
     Yes, Mr. Munson, blame the non-Christians for having the audacity to call Christians to their own loving and peaceful values.  You hypocrite!

     The military operates under General Order No. 1, which since 2003 says that there will be no religious prostheletizing by the U.S. Department of Defense personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan.  However, the ABC news report below shows U.S. Army Chaplain Ltc. Gary Hensley preaching the following sermon to our troops:
     We hunt people for Jesus.  We do.  We hunt them down.  We get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them in the kingdom.  Right?  That's what we do. That's our business.
     Mr. Hensley is a hypocrite, not only in violation of the allegedly peaceful gospel of Jesus Christ, but also of the Constitution of the United States and the separation of church and state.  But, he's not alone.  It seems that what we've known for quite some time is now blatantly inscribed upon the guns of our military: our military has been infiltrated by Christian fundamentalists and is what they would call the divine extenstion of their god's wrath and will in the world.  If this is not the Gospel According to Hate, I do not know what is.

     We have yet to see if the U.S. military will do anything to remove the scripture passages from their killing machines.  Until they are removed and General Order No.1 is enforced throughout every branch of our military, we will only continue to hypocritically embolden those who've declared a religious war upon us.