If a company inscribes a rifle with code from the Bible, but is neither required to nor prohibited to take such an action by the contract, have any rules been broken?
That’s the question I have after reading this ABC News report about rifle aiming equipment manufacturer, Trijicon, inscribing its military scopes with references to New Testament passages about Jesus Christ.
The article suggests the inscribed scriptural references violate military rules banning proselytizing in the war zone. The rules exist out of concern U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan would be viewed as a new Crusade. But it is not clear from the piece whether these requirements are passed along to the company under its weaponry contracts.
Further, since the Army and Marine Corps told ABC they did not know the inscriptions were there, it appears it was not a contract requirement to include such references on the devices.
Nor does it appear that the additional text affected the equipment’s performance. The Bible references are in the same font and are the same size as the model numbers the company slaps on its products.
So back to the question. What do you do when the contractor does something that is not asked for, prohibited or otherwise accounted for in the contract?