The so-called "Jesus guns" that have been sold to the U.S. military and other armies (they're actually gun scopes inscribed with references to Biblical verses) have generated quite a bit of attention this week.
Now, the company that has been putting the references on some of its products for nearly 30 years, says it will no longer do that on scopes made for the American military. Trijicon President Stephen Bindon says the decision is "both prudent and appropriate." The company is also sending out "modification kits" that will let troops remove the references, which are codes that appear to be part of a scope's serial number -- saying, for example, "JN8:12", a reference to John 8:12.
Trijicon's announcement comes after Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said he finds it "disturbing" that the references were put on the gun scopes because of the perception that might convey to Muslims around the world.
As the Associated Press notes:
President Barack Obama has sought to convince the Muslim world that the U.S. fight against al Qaeda militants should not be viewed as a war against Islam.
Former President George W. Bush heightened those concerns shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington when he referred to his war on terrorism as a "crusade," a remark critics warned raised images of Christian knights attacking Muslim cities during the Middle Ages.
Petraeus' view isn't shared by everyone with ties to the military, of course. At the widely read "milblog" Mudville Gazette, some commenters have weighed in to say that the news media is making way too much of this.
And then there's the opinion expressed by Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy:
"My wife made a good observation yesterday when we were taking about this story, and that is, 'Hey, wait a minute, the Taliban and the extremists -- what is it they say just before they blow themselves up or kill somebody, they say, 'Allahu Akbar.'' So if anybody's making this a religious thing, they started it." (H/T TPM Muckraker.)
So, here's a question: