The US Army has ordered troops in Fort Wainwright, Alaska to completely remove Bible verses from their weapon scopes.
The official order reads, “In accordance with included instructions remove the biblical reference from the indicated area of the M150RCO/ACOG. This biblical reference will include, but not be limited to JN8:12 and 2COR4:6.”
These two engravings refer to John 8:12 and Second Corinthians 4:6. The two verses respectively read, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” and “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
The Michigan-based company Trijicon manufactures the scopes as part of a $660 million contract with the US government. Future contracts might be in jeopardy following the stunt – Army spokesman Matthew Bourke stated that the inscriptions were added “without the Army’s approval. Consequently, the modified scopes did not meet the requirement under which the contract was executed.”