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Update: Gun Sight Inscriptions to be Removed…one small step.

22 January, 2010

As I wrote in an earlier post “We are only good when we believe as you do,” a firm that provides sights for weapons used by American military has been inscribing references to scripture from the Bible for 30 years.

After the story broke the military promised to look into the matter.

But on Thursday, US military chief Gen David Petraeus, said the practice of scripture references was “disturbing” and “a serious concern”.

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The company pledged to remove the inscription reference on all products destined for the US military yet to be shipped and ensure all future procurements from the department of defence are produced without scripture references.                   US firm to remove Biblical references on gunsights.

Now it appears that New Zealand has agreed that the references are inappropriate. Australia is considering its response.  The UK has not issued any statement other than it was concerned.

In New Zealand, defence force spokesman Maj Kristian Dunne said his department was talking to Trijicon about the best way to remove the markings without damaging the sights.

“The inscriptions… put us in a difficult situation. We were unaware of it and we’re unhappy that the manufacturer didn’t give us any indication that these were on there,” he said. “We deem them to be inappropriate.”

Australia has also said its military uses the sights and is now assessing how to respond, the AP news agency reports.             New Zealand to remove Biblical references on gun sights

The swift response of our military is a good indication for the rights of all people in this country, which contrary to popular belief is not a Religious settlement. .

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