Let’s get something straight right now. We are a nation founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, to which the majority of Americans follow. We also, as a society and a majority, are center-right in our political beliefs. These are facts, not opinions.
While, as the majority, we are tolerant of other beliefs, I find more and more that the fringe element, or the groups in minority, are not. Under the guise of “tolerance,” they seek to strip away any reference to the majority’s beliefs. The definition of tolerance is a willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others. The majority does this, as evidenced by the very existence of the religious minorities who are part of this society. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that, with the help of fringe groups like the ACLU, Hollywood, and the “Lame Stream Media,” the minority’s idea of tolerance is to negate or strip away any reference to the beliefs of the majority. Not very tolerant.
The latest rub is a flap about rifle sights being used by our military. If you haven’t heard about this, please, let me enlighten you. There is a company who has been around for nearly thirty years. The company is called Trijicon. Anyone who is a firearms enthusiast will recognize the name. They produce sights for both rifles and pistols that use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they're aiming at.
Trijicon's founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in a plane crash in 2003, has been putting very small lettering at the end of the stock number - "JN8:12," for example - of certain sights, which refers to a bible reference that deals with the concept of the “light of the world” and not “walking in darkness,” a reference to John 8:12 . After his death, his son Stephen, Trijicon's President, continued the practice.
Because this bible reference is on sights being used by our troops in the Middle East, there are now Muslims who say the sights shouldn’t be used. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday said the continued use of the sights with the religious references would send a negative message to the Muslim world.
"The use of military equipment with hidden Bible references sends the false message to Muslims worldwide that we are at war with Islam," said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. "In addition, these sights are a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces, endanger our troops and alienate our Muslim allies. They should we withdrawn as soon as logistically possible."
Tom Munson, Trijicon's director of sales and marketing, said the company has never received any complaints until now. He said it has been longstanding company practice to put the Scripture citations on the equipment. The codes were used as "part of our faith and our belief in service to our country," he said.
"As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation."
"We don't publicize this," Munson said in a recent interview. "It's not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, 'Yes, it's there.'"
The military, responding to concerns by a watchdog group about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops, said the bible references don't violate the ban and they won't stop using the tens of thousands of sights that have already been bought. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which manages military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the sights don't violate the ban on proselytizing because there's no effort to distribute the equipment beyond the U.S. troops who use them.
"This situation is not unlike the situation with U.S. currency," said the spokesman, Air Force Maj. John Redfield. "Are we going to stop using money because the bills have 'In God We Trust' on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they'll continue to be used."
Well, at least some people in the military still retain vestiges of a set of testicles.
However, with the current administration holding power, I have serious doubts about how this latest attack on our beliefs will be handled. An administration who seems to be more concerned with pushing a very far-left leaning agenda and policies, who seems to be more concerned with granting Constitutional rights to enemy combatants and giving them civilian trials, who also doesn’t seem to take the war on terror too seriously, could easily over ride the military and ban the use of these sights, or even try to bring Trijicon up on charges.
What ever happened to the rights of actual citizens of this country, like the right of self-expression? I submit that Trijicon has the right to express their religious and patriotic beliefs in conjunction with any product they make. You DO NOT have the right to not be offended. If your intolerance means you "suffer" things as an offense, tough. If this "offense" of having a few letters on a sight "alienates" our Muslim allies – which seems to me to be an oxymoron - I for one won’t lose any sleep over it.
Our “Muslim allies” in Saudi Arabia this week sentenced a thirteen year old girl to 90 lashes and two months in jail for the horrendous crime of…wait for it…carrying a cell phone. I don't know about you, but I find THAT offensive. I would hope that President Obama and his administraion would find it so too. However, I wouldn't bet the farm that anyone in his administration is going to utter a peep. Oh, by the way, I haven't heard anything about it from the Islamic organization CAIR, who is upset about the sights, either. Go figure.