Update: My colleague at MarineCorpsTimes.com reports Trijicon will no longer inscribe its products with Bible verses.
The U.S. military plans to continue to use tens of thousands of gun sights that are inscribed with references to Bible passages, AP reports.
Army officials are investigating whether Trijicon, the company that makes (and scripturally inscribes) the sights, violated any procurement rules by including the markings on the aiming devices. The Army told AP the company didn’t break rules that prohibit proselytizing by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I blogged about this earlier this week and wondered whether the company did anything legally wrong, since it didn’t appear the contract permitted or prohibited the etchings. I’ll leave the ethical pondering to you dear readers.
Already, defense officials in New Zealand said their troops’ Trijicon equipment will be scrubbed of the references to avoid inciting religious tensions. Australian defense officials are still debating what to do, AP said.