Trijicon bible verse controversy

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Trijicon are under fire after it was discovered that Trijicon scopes supplied to the US Army contain a references to bible verses inscribed on them.

ABC News reports

One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, 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 tradition of inscribing bible verse references on the sights was started by the founder, a devout Christian, and continued after his death in 2003.

[ Many thanks to all the readers who emailed in this story ]

UPDATE: Brits also complaining.

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  • Papa Giorgio Papa Giorgio on Mar 08, 2010


    Bobby, I agree. Thankfully the sights sold to Gov. now do not have these verses. I also am a Christian and enjoy reading the writings of Confucius, Zarathustra, Mohammad, Siddhattha Gotama, Guru Nanak, Joseph Smith, Charles Taze Russell, etc. I do read them often times for comparative religious reasons (using standards that I apply to both my faith and the faith I am dealing with), for instance, I would agree with Adler that,

    “I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers that impose upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition" (Morimer J. Adler, “A Philosopher's Religious Faith,” in, Kelly James Clark, ed., Philosophers Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of 11 Leading Thinkers, p. 207)

    So I am one of the few that has an urge to "contend" for my faith with as much knowledge about it and others as I can. I apply the same tests to it [my faith] as I would apply to others, and reading and knowing their Scripture and culture is a large part of it. Professor Bush once wrote that:

    “A worldview is that basic set of assumptions that gives meaning to one’s thoughts. A worldview is the set of assumptions that someone has about the way things are, about what things are, about why things are.... … most people assume that something exists. There may be someone, perhaps, who believes that nothing exists, but who would that person be? How could he or she make such an affirmation? Sometimes in studying the history of philosophy, one may come to the conclusion that some of the viewpoints expressed actually lead to that conclusion, but no one ever consciously tries to defend the position that nothing exists. It would be a useless endeavor since there would be no one to convince. Even more significantly, it would be impossible to defend that position since, if it were true, there would be no one to make the defense. So to defend the position that nothing exists seems immediately to be absurd and self-contradictory" (L. Russ Bush, A Handbook for Christian Philosophy, p. 70).

    I hope your studies take you deeper into your faith as they did mine. Two good posts on my blog for you to continue your understanding is:


    and, http://religiopoliticaltalk...

    I do not often have time to write as much as I did (most of my topics are imported now), but I think you will enjoy those two insights above,

    Papa Giorgio


  • Robert Biggs Robert Biggs on May 29, 2010

    In as much as there is no other company that makes similar weapon sights as Trijicon, and they hold the patents on this technology, I would say Trijicon can do what they wish. They had the scripture verses inscribed before the purchase and did not sneak them onto the sights.

    If the government does not want to buy further scopes, that is their decision. If Trijicon wants to sell scopes in the future to the government and the government wants the scripture references off, then they (Trijicon) can make the decision of whether to sell these modified scopes or not. They may cost more as the process may have to change.

    Personally, I would not sell the government any more scopes to the government. Troops can buy their own or they can be bought for them and sent over, as I have done. I have sent Eotechs, Aimpoints, and Acogs as well as knives, bore snakes, knee and elbow pads, gloves, sun glasses, and weapons cleaning supplies as well as personal hygiene products. I have also offered to chip in on superior body armor for one individual currently killing terrorists at a wholesale rate.

    I suppose the family that owns Trijicon has plenty of bucks. Lay everyone off, file bankruptcy, let obama the oblamer figure out how to provide for these newly unemployed or sell the scopes to other folks around the world, which they already are. I find it interesting that muslim countries have probably been buying these scopes for years with not a peep.

    If the guys in the military want these advanced weapons systems for small arms, they will buy what is available, which means ACOGs.

    I agree with several posts, I don't think I would like it if Koranic verses were on these scopes but that is not the issue. First of all the muslims could never come up with something like this. Secondly, why should we ever apologize for being a Christian nation. Sure many of the people these days are secular Christians rather than evangelical Christians, but our country is still based on the Judeo Christian concepts of right/wrong, private property, due process, and many liberties.

    Not to get into a religious debate here, but I do find it disturbing when people throw out claims that are not based on any fact whatsoever such as Jefferson and Washington not being Christians. This is an absolute lie and when a person makes this claim, it makes every bit of their previous and future arguments less than credible. Integrity and honesty are not characteristics to turn on and off to fit an argument. At least one previous post has made comments like this and I have to point out this fellow is of the lowest form and his opinion should be disregarded as he is either ignorant, or worse, he is a dishonest scoundrel. Then trying to throw some reference to read to bolster a weak lie is pathetic. You are seen through as the mental and moral midget that you are and you opinion should not be shared amongst real thinking honest adults. Hopefully you can not vote.