Brian Ross’ pretend news blog, The Blotter — so named because its content makes as much sense as an acid trip — reported on Monday that a weapons contractor has been inscribing Bible verses on rifle scopes, presumably to follow one of Jesus’ lesser-known axioms, “If thou shalt kill, be accurate.”
“Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.”
The military response to these allegations has been two-fold. A Marines spokesperson said,
“We are aware of the issue and are concerned with how this may be perceived,” Capt. Geraldine Carey, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps, said in a statement to ABC News. “We will meet with the vendor to discuss future sight procurements.”
Maybe too late, but okay, okay, it’s a start. What about the sober minds at CentCom? What do those trained killers have to say?
However, a spokesperson for CentCom, the U.S. military’s overall command in Iraq and Aghanistan, said he did not understand why the issue was any different from U.S. money with religious inscriptions on it.
“The perfect parallel that I see,” said Maj. John Redfield, spokesperson for CentCom, told ABC News, “is between the statement that’s on the back of our dollar bills, which is ‘In God We Trust,’ and we haven’t moved away from that.”
Yes, how could those dumb Mooslems think that numerous wars of aggression against Muslim countries, one of which a sitting president specifically called a Crusade — complete with daily briefings that included Bible verses — possibly could be religiously motivated? It’s absurd to think that religious fanaticism is alive and well in America just because Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater — a company who still enjoys perversely close ties with the US government — considers himself to be on a Christian crusade literally to rid the world of Muslims.
To reiterate: The central command of both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq doesn’t see anything wrong with adorning American weapons with Biblical scripture. What a great century, whatever century it is we are in fact living through.
But, looking back at that quote again, the CentCom spokesperson may actually be on to something, despite him or herself. The spokesperson argues that our currency has “In God We Trust,” so why should our weapons be free of Christianity? In a perverse way, that actually makes quite a lot of sense. Though our money supply serves several purposes, one of its central functions — as articulated by John Perkins in Confessions on an Economic Hitman and Hoodwinked — is to wage a kind of economic war on poor and developing nations, forcing them to open up their markets to our corporations or sell their natural resources for super cheap. The debt gets passed along to the local population, and the ruling class makes a buck all the while.
So, in a way, it’s almost MORE honest to have Biblical verses on guns if we’re going to keep them on our currency. Thanks CentCom, for reminding me that wars are waged in more ways than one.