I was shocked by a recent ABC News investigation that found that Trijicon, a company that holds a multimillion-dollar contract with the Department of Defense to supply our troops with rifle scopes, is making these scopes with coded references to passages from the New Testament ("Bible verses on rifle sights," article, Jan. 20).

The scopes, with references such as 2COR4:6, have been photographed as being used by U.S. soldiers and Marines, as well as Afghan army trainees.

As a taxpayer as well as a servicemember, I am disgusted that Trijicon has placed its religious agenda ahead of DOD policy that specifically prohibits religious proselytizing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That our servicemembers are unknowingly using weapons with Christian inscriptions against a primarily Muslim enemy only gives more ammo to radical clerics who wish to convince their followers that the U.S. is nothing more than a Christian army on a crusade to eradicate Islam.

Any blood shed by our servicemembers as a result of Trijicon’s stupidity is solely on the company’s hands.

I request DOD officials immediately freeze all contracts with Trijicon and, instead, choose a company without a religious agenda to push.

Staff Sgt. Casey LeavingsOsan Air Base, South Korea

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