Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the U.S. The biblical references appear in the same type font and size as the model numbers on the company's Advanced Combat Optical Guides, called the ACOG. Weinstein, an attorney and former Air Force officer, said many members of his group who currently serve in the military have complained about the markings on the sights. According to a government contracting watchdog group, fedspending.org, Trijicon had more than $100 million in government contracts in fiscal year 2008.
Sometimes I feel like a political cartoonist upon learning that Richard Nixon had been elected President.
In today's Washington Post, Richard Dawkins let both guns fly at the hypocrisy of Christian theology as it relates to the condemnation of Pat Robertson's controversial comments about Haiti. Here is the feed from my discussion with aspiring libertarian talk radio host Jenifer Felt.
I am a confirmed Anglican who was schooled (but not reared) by Roman Catholic Irish Christian Brothers. This is astronomy 101 and I apologize to those with even a passing familiarity of this topic.Pictured above is the Andromeda Galaxy which is the closest galaxy to our own, the Milky Way.
Pat Robertson has done more more the cause of atheism than Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens combined. This is the compelling logic relied on by U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono when asked whether he thought it was far-fetched to believe that Jesus was the Son of God: "No, it's not farfetched to me. The US military has rules that prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan. As Mikey Weinstein puts it, "This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country.
US Army and Marine Corp spokespeople have stated that their services were unaware of the Biblical markings.
1) Department of Defense photo: Iraqi police officer being trained with Bible-coded Trijicon scope in Hayy, Iraq, March 2009.
3) Iraq Provincial Security Forces sight targets through ACOGs mounted on M-16A4 rifles at a training range at Observation Post Delta in Karmah, Iraq, May 8, 2008. What the story is about is a violation of both US Constitutional law and military regulations that, whether intentional or not, is also tantamount to a direct and deliberate contravention of the stated foreign policy and interests of the United States.
How could anyone think that it was a good idea to inscribe coded religious messages on U.S. I think this shows the thinking of many modern Christians - hide the message, minimize it so the material product is bigger than the Christian message.
The more I read from atheists, the more I am convinced that it isn't Christians who hate people.
They are a corporation that can afford to display the message of their corporate principles, their corporate mission and values, via advertising and their website. Sorry, neither law nor military code can be interpreted to oppose a manufacturer's company stamp, whether it includes a bible verse or not. 1-If the manufacturer meant for those inscriptions to be 'secret' it wouldn't be SO specific! 2-A manufacturer can place whatever inscription they want in a product -the Constitution allows for FREEDOM of SPEECH- even for Christians!
By the government contracting to a business that is placing verses on the product is sending a message that we are endorsing it.
Most of the military has some sort of religious symbol, such as a Bible, Koran, cross on the neck, etc. In a counter-insurgency campaign, image is important - and this certainly sends the wrong message. You might look up the Indian Rebellion of 1857 to see how rumors of cartridges greased with pork fat created massive problems for the British. Leggings you can wear during Spring and SummerThe legging is one of the most comfortable and versatile styles you can wear this Spring and Summer. The Michigan company won a $33 million Pentagon contract in July, 2009 for a new machine gun optic, according to Defense Industry Daily. I confess that I still have a soft spot for Anglicans, the vast majority of whom I am convinced are closet atheists. I am reproducing it now to point out the moral schitzophrenia of those who continue to protest against Michael Vick at his NFL games (on the basis that his participation in dogfighting was morally reprehensible) and yet continue to consume animal products.We're all Michael VickBy GARY L. Today, as I prepared to examine an opposing party in a civil proceeding, the court reporter offered the witness the choice of swearing on a Bible to tell the truth or to affirm a solemn oath to the same effect.
Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius.


As the photo accompanying this article demonstrates, the ACOG scopes have also been supplied to Iraqi and Afghan military and police forces. These rules were drawn up specifically to avoid the criticism that the United States is involved in any way in a "crusade" in Muslim countries. It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. They also stated that discussions are taking place as to what steps, if any, will be taken in the wake of this revelation. Apparently, your desire to remain ignorant of Qur'anic doctrines is fueld by your intense dislike of people who believe in and worship God.
I have two Qu'rans in my library; an older translation I've had since I was in college and a newer one I picked up from a Muslim outreach group last year at the UCLA Festival of Books. Thats why we have air-brushing and botox to cover up god's mistakes, and Corinthian bullets to get our message of free market capitalism across to the brown heathens. I find it fascinating how many people will read a story and see in it only what they expect to see.
Let's take the most useful weapons sight away from our military because of a serial number that has a bible verse in it. 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.
Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. In any event, this recent quote by the Anglican Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, the Reverend Dr. Trijicon received a $660 million contract in 2005 to supply up to 800,000 gun sights to the US Marine Corps.
Since this news will undoubtedly spread, the question many are asking is what will happen when our Muslim allies find out they've been issued "Jesus rifles"?
You apparently expected to see atheist anger and, judging by your comment, that's all you seem to have taken away from it.
It is a violation of US law, military regulations and, in view of the possible effect on our Middle-East policy, an incredibly stupid thing to do. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian." The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.
Giles Fraser, is priceless:The word "theodicy" describes the intellectual attempt to justify the existence of God in the face of human suffering. The talk shows have been filled with talking heads from the "humane community" condemning dog fighting and calling for Vick to be punished. Additional government weapons contracts totaling at least another $133 million were received in 2008 and 2009. Even if you assessed the author's motivation for writing itcorrectly, does that mean what's in the article is untrue?
Coined by Leibniz at the beginning of the eighteenth century, he argued that out of the various possible worlds that God could have created, he might have created the best of these, a world containing less suffering than all the other options available.
I responded by indicating that she had bolstered her credibility in my eyes before I even started to ask her any questions. As Plato raised (regarding the matter of piety) in his "Gorgias", it is doubtful that a god could play such a role. With this suggestion, Leibniz sought to explain how it's at least logically possible that a merciful God could create a world with the suffering that it has.And then, in 1755, some years after Leibniz published his famous argument, a massive earthquake hit Lisbon on the morning of the first of November, the popular feast day of All Saints. The animals we eat suffer as much as the dogs that are used in dog fighting.There is no "need" for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is an environmental disaster for the planet. The so-called "separation" clause was never instituted to discriminate, but to protect religious freedom.
Locals watched the tide disappear only to return as a huge wave that drowned most of the city.
Purchasing something with a bible verse is not "establishment." This article is a typical Christaphobic distortion.
Either the god has commanded us to X because our X-ing is obligatory on independent grounds, or our X-ing becomes obligatory because the god has commanded us to X.The first option makes god redundant.
30-40 thousand people were killed.It was in the face of this terrible disaster that Voltaire came to mount his celebrated attack upon Leibniz in Candide.
They're not going to allow a guy who allegedly tortures dogs to endorse products that contain tortured cows.In one of my books about animal ethics, I introduced a character named Simon the Sadist, who derived pleasure from blowtorching dogs. Thank you for questioning me, because without people questioning you, you may become lax in your beliefs.


Voltaire cast Leibniz as the foolish Dr Pangloss, ready to trot out the absurd idea that this is the best of all possible worlds whatever misfortune befell him.
We would all regard such conduct as monstrous because we all agree that it is wrong to inflict "unnecessary" suffering on animals - and pleasure, amusement and convenience cannot count as satisfying the "necessity" requirement.But then I asked the further question: How are those of us who eat animal flesh and animal products any different from Simon? If we are obligated to X simply because the god says so, and there is no independent explanation of why we ought to X, then morality loses its force. How could we possibly be required to do something *simply* because a being has told us to do so for no reason. He was claiming that all theologians seem to care about in the face of human misery is getting God off the hook. But we and Simon both kill sentient beings (although we may pay others to do the dirty work) because we derive enjoyment from it.According to reports, authorities removed from Vick's property a "rape stand" used to hold dogs for mating.
Theodicy, Voltaire insists, is a moral disgrace and a sick joke.Well, I have no answer to the question of how God can allow so many innocent people to die in natural disasters, like the earthquakes of Lisbon or Haiti. I prayed last night for God to forgive me for becoming indignant, and also for Him to grant me the ability to take their words and realize they say them because they do not know His love. And indeed, I can quite understand that many will regard these events as proof positive that religious people are living a foolish dream like the idiotic Dr Pangloss.And yet, I still believe.
When a dog is involved, we are troubled - when a cow is involved, we ignore it.Michael Vick may enjoy watching dogs fight. I also asked that He forgive them for their words, and that they will be led to one day serve Him and join me in Heaven.)I plan to explain to Ms. For there exists a place in me - deeper than my rational self - that compels me to respond to tragedies like Haiti not with argument but with prayer. Someone else may find that repulsive but see nothing wrong with eating an animal who has had a life as full of pain and suffering as the lives of the fighting dogs. On a very basic level, what people find in religion is not so much the answers, but a means of responding to and living with life's hardest questions. It's strange that we regard the latter as morally different from, and superior to, the former. And this is why a tragedy like this doesn't, on the whole, make believers suddenly wake up to the foolishness of their faith.
How removed from the screaming crowd around the dog pit is the laughing group around the summer steak barbecue?We are all Simon.We are all Michael Vick. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. Such an account leaves us without any explanation of why it is *wrong* to flout one's moral obligations; instead, acting immorally is simply imprudent from a purely self-interested perspective. On the contrary, it mostly tends to deepen our sense of a need for God.What many believers mean by faith is not that we have a firm foundation in rational justification. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. And recall that on this account god's punishing us is entirely arbitrary, because his commandment was arbitrary in the first place. Those, like Leibniz, who try to claim this are, I believe, rationalizing something that properly exists on another level. For me, this is a time quietly to light a candle for the people of Haiti and to offer them up to God in my prayers.
His latest book on animal ethics, "Animals as Persons," is published by Columbia University Press. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and, as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go. If what this means is that the god in question tells us to X because our X-ing is good for us, in humanity's interests, or whatever, then this is actually just a version of taking the first option.
If X-ing is something that I ought to do irrespective of the god's commandment, then the god is playing no role in the generation of the moral obligation.
Alternatively, if there is no sense in which I ought to X independently of the loving god's commandment, then it is unclear why his commanding me to X could be a matter of his loving me.
The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me, that's farfetched.Bono and I obviously differ on the definition of the term "farfetched". If a god tells us to act in certain ways because we have good independent reason to act in those ways, then god is redundant. And if god tells us to act in certain ways without any reason at all, then these putative moral demands are utterly arbitrary.Not only is a god not required to ground moral claims, but there is no way that a god *could* ground moral claims.



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