Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bible Coded Weapons?

Are you fucking kidding me?

Here's the latest bit of news on the Military-Religious complex:

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.
The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
What's worse, a spokesman for the company doesn't think there's anything wrong with this, and takes pains to point out that the only ones complaining about it is a group that is "not Christian."

That would be Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, who is consistently out front on these kinds of issues.

The ABC story shows a photo of an Iraqi soldier firing one of these proselytizing weapons. While there are Christians in Iraq, chances are this guy isn't one of them, and to give a Muslim one of these is like serving him a Spam sandwich in his MRE and telling him it's chopped mutton.

It's no wonder the Muslim world sees Baby Doc's misadventure as a crusade. Nothing like delivering the word of god at the point of a sword.


jae said...

If the word of god is delivered and accepted at the point of a sword then the dumbing down is complete.

A World Quite Mad said...

"Nothing like delivering the word of god at the point of a sword."

Isn't that how it always is? And it's always apologists who try to make everyone believe that isn't the case. I read the article on yahoo!News. The manufacturer was like "Oh, we just put it there, it's a tradition, it's like 'In God We Trust' on the money, it doesn't really mean anything." Yeah.

I'll give you an example of how things like this are twisted to make it seem okay. There are "historians" (and I use that term loosely in this case) that have written entire books on how the Inquisition never really existed, that it was not cohesive and that people who did bad things in it's name were not under the authority of the Church. Of course, they ignore the fact that the Inquisition thought it was doing the work of "god" and left extensive records of every single person they questioned, what they said, what torture was applied, for how long, and the ultimate outcome of the trial. Reading the transcripts and the manuals the Inquisitors left, will make you sick. Nevermind the Papal Bulls, like Ad Extirpanda which made torture not only acceptable but practically mandatory, and it came straight from the Pope himself.

But I digress, this is basically for lack of a better euphemism, same shit, different day. Christians in the West think they are superior to the Muslims in the East, and are still mad that they didn't win the Crusades. Destroying an advanced civilization has apparently never been enough for them.

Anonymous said...

I will challenge that we are an advanced civilization in any sense of the word. We might have some cooler devices than others but that doesn't mean much when people with "advanced degrees" and charged with creating new knowledge for mankind pray on their knees to magical superstition.

The programming along these lines will continue until it triggers still more violence at a much more significant level from those who think they are doing the work of jeeeesaaaassss because someone whose salary depends on keeping them both ignorant and stupid pushed a little too far.

Those same people will also claim pretty, white starched skirts saying they had nothing to do with it while they go right back to what they were doing before.

Just wait - the new campaign contributions decision will carry this even further. It wouldn't surprise me they scrap the Constitution completely. It's disgusting.

Glad you're still around - we need you.