January 21st, 2010
04:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Company to stop putting biblical references on military scopes

(CNN) - A manufacturer that has been inscribing Bible references on rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan announced Thursday that it will stop putting scripture references on products the U.S. military uses.

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of United States Central Command, said Wednesday - apparently before learning of the company's announcement - that the references were a "big concern" to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, which have contracts for the scopes.

"I hope you can sense ... this is of serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan because it can indeed create a perception that is absolutely contrary to what it is that we have sought to do," he said.

He said U.S. troops are much more sensitive "about this kind of thing," apparently, than is the contractor involved.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    WHAT???? And who was buying and approving the sale of these weapons?
    Just when you think you have heard it all.

    January 21, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This company would have gotten an OK from someone I'm sure before inscribing scriptures on U.S. military equipment and we need to know who gave the orders. It is vital that we know because whatelse are they doing that we don't know about and whose giving orders.

    January 21, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Gar

    I suppose the suicide bombers will have to stop referencing Allah now too?

    January 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Chris

    "With god I grant you this bullet between the eyes." "Pray for death." "Our hearts and hands are yours in death." "Thou shall perish." What's next? Bible scripture on a nuclear warhead? Why not?!

    January 21, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. The Clear Thinking Independent

    This fits in that bucket along with former President Bush referring to the war in Iraq as a "Crusade".

    January 21, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Phil

    This company has been putting the references on their scopes for 20 years, so its not like it was a big secret. I see the conflict of interest obviously, but you have to blame the people who approved the contract, not the company.

    January 21, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. ben

    Seems the "Crusader" epithet was apt.

    January 21, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Alex in TX

    Why are religious people so willing to kill in the name of God to the point that the brand their weapons with references to religious scriptures? If this is what religion is all about, I choose atheism.

    January 21, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. jc

    Religion has been the cause of all wars since the beginning of time. Religion should be confined to the building of it's worshipers. Not spread amongst citizens who don't hold those same beliefs. This is just one more piece of propaganda that can be used to incite others that one faction or another is waring against them.

    Stop the spread of all religion. It only leads to hate and war. Don't hand terrorist another "bullet" in a propaganda war.

    January 21, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. usmarine

    Out of all the times Ive handled a weapon with those optics, and my weapon is my job because im in the infantry, I have never once noticed that. And we read the serial numbers almost on a daily basis for gear checks, but even if i did notice it I wouldnt have been bothered one bit. All of these ani christian and anti religous groups will find a puddle and turn it into a lake. When you are getting shot at the last thing on your mind is the serial number on your optic

    January 21, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. rfk

    Were they putting 'thou shall not kill' on the scopes?

    January 21, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. JES

    Another example of trying to change this country to please the minority.

    When will the people understand you can't please everyone.

    January 21, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Video Guy

    The company should be required to replace all equipment with scriptures on them.
    This Replacement should be at no charge to the Government. Next the contract should be terminated.

    January 21, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. E

    The US military is NOT a Christian force, it is supposed to protect us as a nation, that includes ALL religions. Those never should have been allowed in the first place, I am sure many soldiers found them annoying.

    January 21, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Alex

    Here's a better idea: how about we stop buying weapons from, and filling our high command ranks (yes, I'm looking at you, Air Force) with apocalyptic Christian nuts?!?!

    January 21, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    We don't want to offend Islam, although they call us names and try to kill us every day. Right on Obozo and his apologist government.

    January 21, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. OldNavy

    So we're concerned that if al queda captures a u.s. military scope with jn3:16 in the serial number they'll be offended? Someone help me here. This is ridiculous.

    January 21, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Ethan

    Hey Gar, are Americans supposed to act like terrorists or like Americans?

    January 21, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. lanny

    the Ok had to have been given by Bush or someone in his Wh to continue the practice.

    January 21, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Secular NRA member

    @ Gar

    Just so we're clear– you want to be equated with suicide bombers, right?

    (Not raise yourself above...)

    January 21, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Chris D.

    Good......We as a nation, need to stop politicizing Christianity........
    Also, if jihadists find these weapons, they will literally have the smoking gun to carry on their propaganda of this being a holy war.

    January 21, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. joe smith

    but it's ok for the sand flies to jihad, to kill ,rape, and proport to get 7 virgins once they have committed murder on our soldiers while thousands of miles from their families..but God forbid, we Americans reference our religious rights, the left wing element raises it's ugly head..the same nut cases who will scream if they can't have an abortion, marry the same sex, and smoke weed for medicinal purposes; like the guy in the commercial once declared," is this a great country or what"

    January 21, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. ehol

    This is just another example of the evangelical christian base spreading their message. What better way to do it than with a gun. Isn't that how Christianity has been spread since the 15th century. Religion needs to go! It causes way too many problems.

    January 21, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Reagan raised taxes

    Yes we will get the Job done Mr.President.

    January 21, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Ms S Callahan

    The markings are akin to a sacrafice to God...yet removing them is not hurtful to God because it's obvious man's hearts are hard set against obeying God. Yes, it's an inward issue..not outward. What matters most is that motives are pure. Hypociritcal rituals give no pleasure to God. Frankly it would be my belief that God would want these evil deeds (war) out of his sight..and instead for all people to do right...guns have replaced reasoning. Sad.

    January 21, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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