The US military claims it didn't know the raised letters and numbers on the side of its gunsights were anything more than a stock number. And ­neither did the Ministry of Defence: it has just ordered 480 of the ­American-made sights. Then, last week, a US campaign organisation, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, received an email from a soldier complaining that the inscriptions referred to passages in the Bible. One, JN8:12 – chapter eight, verse 12 in the Book of John – reads: "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.'" Another refers to a verse from Second Corinthians, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." The company who makes the sights, Trijicon, was founded by a devout Christian and its website says its "morals" are based on "biblical standards".

COMMENT: That should go down well with the Muslims we are supposed to be helping. The directors of the company who made the sights should be prosecuted for treason.



  1. Bit tricky to prosecute for treason in the US.

    Does it matter? See Why those Christian Gunsights matter.

    He said that Uncle Sam had seen fit not to give us a “pussy ‘Jewzzi’ (combination of the word ‘Jew’ and Israeli made weapon ‘Uzi’) but the “fire arm of Jesus Christ” and made specific mention of the biblical quotes on our gun sights. He said that the enemy no doubt had quotes from the Koran on their guns but that “our Lord is bigger than theirs because theirs is a fraud and an idol”. As a Muslim and an American soldier I was fit to be tied but I kept it in. There were many Afghans, both civilian and military, on base within earshot of what was being yelled at us and I can only wonder in shock what they must have thought.

    (Not sure of reliability of the narration)

  2. Is it just me or is there something completely dissonant about looking through a gun’s site mechanism in order to kill a human being while being told that Jesus is the light of the world?

  3. Our constitution defines “treason” very specifically and very narrowly. That was a reaction of revulsion against then contemporary English treason law. No chance this could come under the definition and the relevant common law.

    In over 200 years we have had nearly no successful prosecutions for treason. We sort of like it that way.


  4. I have a cousin who thinks that this is a good thing. So, if you’ll pardon me….


  5. “I am the light of the world” isn’t really working for them, is it? Maybe they should have tried something a little more appropriate, for instance:

    2 Kings 13:17 Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot.

    Yes, you’re right, this makes the story even more depressing.

  6. This story sucks beyond the telling of it.

    Got into an, um, intense discussion of this story w/ a friend yesterday. “Christians have different opinions on this” she said.

    What are the LIMITS of Christianity, I asked? “Do you consider Mormons to be Christians”, I asked?

    No, she said.

    Well I consider this to be MORE heretical to Christianity than anything the Mormons say!

    Like I said: sucks beyond the telling of it.