Trijicon sights and tattoos
I was shocked by the servicemember who claimed that Trijicon "is making these scopes with coded references ..." ("Freeze Trijicon contracts," letter, Jan. 21). "2COR4:6" may look "coded" to a 5-year-old, or those of us not familiar with the Bible, but anyone with access to the Internet should be able to figure it out.
The letter also accuses Trijicon of placing its "religious agenda" ahead of Department of Defense policy. In ("Bible verses on rifle sights," article, Jan. 20) military officials said "the citations don’t violate the ban" and "the inscribed sights don’t violate the ban on proselytizing because there’s no effort to distribute the equipment beyond U.S. troops."
The letter also asserts that "servicemembers are unknowingly using weapons with Christian inscriptions." Perhaps the author isn’t too keen on weapons maintenance, since anyone who has ever had to remove a layer of dust off of one of Trijicon’s sights has seen the raised lettering.
The author contends that using Trijicon’s products "against a primarily Muslim enemy" will only fuel radical clerics and perpetuate the image that "the U.S. is nothing more than a Christian army on a crusade to eradicate Islam," and that "any blood shed" is on Trijicon’s hands. If that is the author’s true concern, he may wish to go the extra mile.
I would suggest he, in addition to requesting DOD officials "immediately freeze all contracts with Trijicon," also request that the DOD bar all servicemembers with religious tattoos/"coded references" from being deployed to a combat zone where our enemy is primarily Muslim. I mean, what could look more like a "crusader army" than the soldiers bearing religious tattoos themselves, right? I just hope the author isn’t too "disgusted" should his request be met with laughter.
Benjamin HouseBaumholder, Germany