The line of sight

2 February 2010
The armed forces have caught Home Truth’s eye this issue, mainly because of something that has been catching soldiers’ eyes: specifically, scripture references. It turns out that references to verses from the Bible are inscribed on gunsights used by the US and British armies. Trijicon, a US manufacturer that was founded by a devout Christian, has done this for about 20 years, but it’s only in the past few weeks that soldiers thought that maybe this was a bit odd, and complained to an advocacy group. The references include “JN8:12”, the book of John, chapter eight, verse 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.’” Squaddies are confused as to why this would be referenced on a gunsight. Trijicon is no small fry. The US Defense Department spent $66 million (£58 million) with it in 2009. The UK’s Ministry of Defence has just bought 480 of its sights for use in Afghanistan. With no explanation as to why the references were there in the first place – and evidently desperate not to lose business – Trijicon put out a press release offering to remove the references from future products and from those sitting in the factory. It will also send out 100 modification kits to soldiers. Maybe they have finally seen the light.
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