No fix for 'Jesus rifles' deploying to Afghanistan
The officer, who asked not to be named out of fear of reprisal from commanders, provided a photograph, taken on Tuesday, of the code on an M-4 rifle assigned to a soldier who is slated to deploy to Afghanistan in coming weeks.
The code stamped into the metal of the soldier’s ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) ends with the model number with "JN8:12." which refers to the New Testament passage, John 8:12, which reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Other rifle scopes among some 250,000 provided by Michigan-based manufacturer Trijicon were imprinted with codes that point to passages in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Corinthians and Revelations, ABC News reported when it broke the news in 2010.
"It's an embarrassment and makes us look exactly like the tenth incarnation of the crusades which launches 8 million new jihadist recruiting videos."We were told our taxpayer dollars were going to make us more safe. But US commanders and gun companies used it for their bigoted Crusade. When you think about the vile man who made that anti-Muslim video, when you think about Pam Geller and her vile bigoted NY advertisements, never forget that the company selling you your gun and some of the men and women wearing our military's uniform might just be doing the same damn thing at this very moment, and with your money.
Iraqis "absolutely" know that it’s a Jesus rifle, said the Fort Hood officer, based on his experience.
"Do all the Afghans and Taliban know about this? Probably not. But the ones who do could ultimately affect the life of a soldier," said the officer. "There’s absolutely no reason this couldn’t have been done in the first six weeks. And that just leads me to wonder why is the Army leadership not taking ownership of the responsibility of completing this task?"
Innocent soldiers will pay the price. Innocent Americans at home will pay the price. Innocent Muslims caught up in our military commanders' immoral and bigoted Crusade will pay the price.
These Christian fundamentalists have no place taking our taxpayer dollars or fighting modern wars. And they should be handed their walking papers immediately.
7:39 PM PT: Since we know the military won't address its dangerous problem with Christian fundamentalism, the only answer is to bring them home and take away their resources to fight wars. We're safer without these commanders in action.