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Biblical scope and gun scopes. Keep em' apart.

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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Hold The Hallelujah: The Perils Of Rifles And Religion

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122945924

January 25, 2010

Benjamin Busch was an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty in Iraq.

As a Marine invading Iraq in 2003, I thought we actively separated church and state from our motives.

I know that scripture embedded in the obscure numbers on rifle scopes may seem like a small detail, and that Trijicon likely intended no particular malice by placing Biblical references on its equipment. There seems to have been neither marketing nor secrecy associated with their presence.

But these are not innocent times, and the codes are still messages printed and sent out. These notes have now been read, exposed, and we have the baggage of explaining ourselves to peoples convinced that many of our actions are motivated by religion instead of self defense, justice, or altruism.

As a Marine, I aimed at Iraq through rifle scopes, my vision amplified. When viewing other cultures, even enemies, I think we should be wary of seeing them through a lens marked by religion.

I did not go onward as a Christian soldier. I went forth as an American, a Marine.

The United States is fighting Islamic extremists. But we are not Christian extremists. When I returned for my second tour in 2005, we were in the embattled city of Ramadi and we fought jihadists, tribal factions, and criminals alongside almost entirely Muslim Iraqi soldiers. It was impossible to segregate the ambitions of singular religions then.

Although the rifle equipment was stamped as a private act by a private company, it was sold to governments, and therefore unavoidably and knowingly coupled with politics. Biblical quotes were thoughtfully chosen. Thoughtful enough not to be allowed as innocent of larger context.

By branding weapons with Christian messages, there is a deep and ugly blending of religion, politics, and bloodshed, and it has unwittingly painted our government and military with the embarrassing language of "crusade".

America is largely composed of people who consider themselves Christian, separated by various interpretations of the same book. But I did not go onward as a Christian soldier. I went forth as an American, a Marine. I was sent by my country to fight a threat, and thereafter with the best intentions of democracy, not theocracy.

Our efforts in the Middle East were complicated enough, and small symbols are examined carefully by our opponents. Based on my understanding of the teachings of Christ, he would be very disappointed to see his gospel assigned to war of any kind in the first place. I leave you with a verse that has not been stamped on our weapons: "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you..." Matthew 5:44


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Mandipants
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM

By branding weapons with Christian messages, there is a deep and ugly blending of religion, politics, and bloodshed, and it has unwittingly painted our government and military with the embarrassing language of "crusade".

 

1bluediamond
by Gold Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Excellent. The religious zealots do a huge disservice by using the bible as a weapon to promote hatred, and bigotry and a defense for fighting the Muslim countries. 


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Our efforts in the Middle East were complicated enough, and small symbols are examined carefully by our opponents. Based on my understanding of the teachings of Christ, he would be very disappointed to see his gospel assigned to war of any kind in the first place.

SxyMartini
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

God is so proud of us.

Mandipants
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM

It's such a double standard too. I've heard others denounce 'enemy' extremists who shout religious slogans and then turn around and say we should react in kind...

I liked that the author included this: "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you..." Matthew 5:44



Quoting 1bluediamond:

Excellent. The religious zealots do a huge disservice by using the bible as a weapon to promote hatred, and bigotry and a defense for fighting the Muslim countries. 


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Our efforts in the Middle East were complicated enough, and small symbols are examined carefully by our opponents. Based on my understanding of the teachings of Christ, he would be very disappointed to see his gospel assigned to war of any kind in the first place.


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