Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jesus rifles as “spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ”

According to a former military lawyer, this is how US Army commanders refer to weapons outfitted with the now-infamous Trijicon gunsights.  It's at least somewhat reassuring that David Petraeus finds this disturbing (although if he has any political aspirations, he may have just lost a ton of right-wing Christian evangelical votes) and that Trijicon will remove them (though, I imagine, not out of conviction that putting that Biblical reference on the sights; they want to keep their contracts).

By the way, the reference was John, Chapter 8, Verse 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.'

And on top of all this, I went for a workout today at the campus' recreation facility.  Besides the usual sightings of guys with symbols of the cross tattooed on their arms or shoulders (to which I've grown reasonably accustomed), one young man was sporting a shirt emblazoned with an ad for a "Spiritual Warfare Camp," complete with shield and Crusader-style sword, with handle up to signify the cross.


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