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New Zealand, the “Australia of the South Pacific,” is very upset with the guns its troops are using in Afghanistan. The American-made guns feature inscriptions that refer to passages in the Bible. Reports the Washington Post: “Markings included ‘JN8:12,’ a reference to John 8:12: ‘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.'” This is all part of our country’s famous “democratize by numbers” strategy for Afghanistan.

Imagine all this, said in an Australian accent or whatever:

New Zealand defense force spokesman Maj. Kristian Dunne said that Trijicon would be instructed to remove the inscriptions from further orders of the gun sights for New Zealand and that the letters would be removed from gun sights already in use by troops.

“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,” Dunne said. “We deem them to be inappropriate.”

Hilarious, right? Anyway, New Zealand is being downright un-American.

[Washington Post]

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  1. Oh, wait. “Markings included ‘JN8:12’ ” This really means “John ate twelve”. Probably has to do with a bar bet and John Edwards. Yeah, New Zealand should scrub that.

  2. “We deem them to be inappropriate” — this stinging rebuke smacks of radicalism of the worst kind. Get me the file on Al-Qaeda in New Zealand and see if we have anything on this “Dunne”

  3. Wine and cheeses, wine and cheeses
    go together like guns and Jesus
    go fuck your mother
    you can’t have one without the other

    I don’t know about that 3rd line, but I wanted it to rhyme without just being a copy.

  4. Huh, I was just saying last night that I really hope NZ hurries up and OK’s my application for permanent residency. Now I REALLY REALLY hope that.

  5. I say we only agree to take the bible verses off the gunsights if the Afghans take their Qur’anic verses off the hash they send over here. What?

  6. The military has certainly done a great job stopping the perception among many Muslims that Iraq & Afghanistan are part of a Christian war against Islam, like a new Crusade.

    Trijicon had better hurry up in getting rid of that ship and shipping the guns to New Zealand; they are facing a major Orc and Uruk-Hai incursion right now, and need all the weapons they can get.

  7. [re=498549]Terry[/re]: From Trijicon’s values statement:

    ” Morality
    We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals.”

    Ah yes, America. When she was good, she was very good. And when she was bad, she was horrid.

  8. WWJS? Filthy Hajis, that’s who. Leave it to bleeding-heart, athiest Kiwis to not understand.

    But seriously….they’re just going to scrape the citations from the scopes already in the field? Waste not want not, I guess.

  9. As a wonketeer originally from Australia — “the other Australia of the South Pacific” — I can confirm that Aussies/Kiwis have a deep suspicion of anything too bibley. The American brand of fundy Jesusness is considered kind of embarrassing.Think about that America…your religion is too embarrassing even for Australians. Doesn’t that just want to make you chunder? Or something. My Aussie patois is getting a little rusty…

  10. A state senator around here(Jamie Raskin) said “we don’t swear on the Constitution and promise to uphold the Bible” although maybe GOPers do- well, leaving out the Constitution part.

  11. [re=498575]Whiskeybaby[/re]: That’s because America was settled at a time when England wanted to get rid of their more fanatical protestants, and Australia was founded at a time when England wanted to get rid of a lot of Irish and petty criminals(and quite often the two demographics could be represented by a single individual).
    I’d say you got the better end of the deal.

    Castro was being creative with the Mariel Boat Lift, but not original.

  12. [re=498575]Whiskeybaby[/re]: I think Australia comes in second in terms of most Jesus freaks per capita, at least in English speaking countires though I’m imagine Australian soilders would rather have AC/DC lyrics on their rifles than bible quotes.

    Anyways New Zealand, when God sinks your dumb country don’t come crying to us.

  13. ‘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.’

    That’s only half the verse; the rest reads: “He that that don’t followeth me gets his ass blowed off my superior Christian firepower.”

  14. The good news is … I got one!!!!!

    When are they going to get ride of that cross on the glass thing you look through. I’m surprised Jews did not complain as crosses seem to be on most scopes. Shouldn’t Jews have menorah scopes? Chabad should look into this. Even Israeli snipers have to spend all day looking at a Jesus cross.

  15. Saw this on Rachel. This is so fucking sick. This, and that Erikkk von Blackwater or whatever that fuck’s name is, his providentially directed mission in life of killing muslins in the name of baby Jeebus.

  16. “Statement from Trijicon, Inc.
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010—For two generations Trijicon, a Michigan-based family owned business, has been working to provide America’s military men and women with high quality, innovative sighting systems for the weapons they use. Our effort is simple and straightforward: to help our servicemen and women win the war on terror and come home safe to their families. As part of our faith and our belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades. As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation.”

    Translation: Bite me, hippie.

  17. There’s too much bible that actually encourages killing and taking what doesn’t belong to you, for them to be using all that hippie Jesus junk. For example, Deuteronomy 7:2.

    Is it too much to ask that we keep the pacifist, queer-bait New Testament off our military?

  18. It is just and correct to use a sight without any biblical verse to line up an insurgent (or a kid carrying a stick or a cab that is going too fast) and kill them but if you kill them using a gunsight with a bible reference then it doesn’t count.

  19. Another of their sights includes “2COR4:6,” — “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 the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

    Your tax dollars at work.

  20. [re=498586]pondscum[/re]: Well, the fact that the manufacturer proudly proclaims them to be Jebus verses helps reduce the uncertainty factor. ( I can picture the Keebler Elves of the shop floor carefully chiseling the inscriptions while singing Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.) Heartwarming.

  21. The New Zealand aspect aside, can ANYthing possibly be more American than this story? (I mean, unless they ramp it up by having Ayla Brown serve as the Trijicon spokesmodel).

  22. Wait a minute. A double blind scientifically designed study needs to be done to determine once and for all if putting inscriptions that appeal to a magical supernatural being really work or not. I say leave the inscriptions on but start deploying said sight without the inscription and then when the two populations are statistically equal , study which population is more accurate.

  23. Psalm 144:1-2
    Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield,

    Speaking as one of Wonkettes resident Talibangelicals, going NT with this is nearly as dumb as Brother Mark quoting Samuel when he got caught hiking the Appalachian Trail.
    The thing I find so confusing about the conservative Talibangelicals is that for all the thumping and the waving, they never seem to have gotten around to reading the bible.

  24. But we really knew this was the 21st. century version of The Crusades, didn’t we?

    Check this out It seems that American Officers in the field know all about this. From a letter written by an active-duty soldier: “the senior NCO said that the private’s rifle was also something else; that because of the biblical quote on the ACOG gunsight it had been “spiritually transformed into the Fire Arm of Jesus Christ” and that we would be expected to kill every “haji” we could find with it.”

    Seems the Pentagon is going to “talk to” Trijicon about this.

  25. [re=498599]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I was just thinking that as I scrolled through the comments. I’m guessing he’s too busy ordering a dozen to trifle with us. Check back later today, I’m sure he’ll have added something pithy to the conversation.

  26. And I happen to be in the market for some new sights. Guess I can cross Trijicon off my shopping list. I never liked them much, as the “iji” in the name creates too many dots. Just doesn’t look right…

  27. [re=498684]What Fresh Hell is This?[/re]:“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts…

    You’d think they’d put that one on a Laser scope, or a night-vision scope.

  28. The Christian Phalange that the Israelis sent into the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps had iconic pictures of the Virgin Mary taped to the stocks of the guns they used to kill 2000 Palestinian civilians.

  29. Wow, I always get a thrill when people in the real world notice that the tiny backwater where I live exists, but how can we be “godless hippies” when we’re in Afghanistan killing Muslims for Jeebus and Barry O? The New Zealand Army (aka “three guys and a truck”) obviously doesn’t like the idea of Jeebus-themed gunsights, but has no objection to murdering Afghans with totally secular firearms.

    That said, the only reason the New Zealand Army exists is so it can be sent to fight US America’s wars, for the purposes of… I believe you would call it “sucking up”.

  30. Trijicon makes GREAT sights — although they are a bit expensive. But if you’re gunning down a MOOSE-lim “terrorist” in low-light conditions, it pays to use the very best.

    And if things go sideways, the radioactive material that makes the sight “glow” can be used as a nightlight.

  31. [re=498767]Neilist[/re]: I just don’t get this. I mean, it would be “sporting” only if the moose had some kind of invisble sheild fur and deadly laser eyes that could cut a hunter in half if he blinked. What the hell is so satisfying about taking a couple thousand dollars worth of high tech gear out to kill a critter that is just standing there munching some grass.

  32. Fer chrissakes, New Zealand!

    Fucking Gandalf has “Olca Ammë Melindo” engraved on his staff, and I don’t recall any secular Kiwi-ists complaining about that when it came time to kick ür-Orc ass.

  33. What a pussy bible passage to put on a gun-sight. What ever happened to “I shall strike you down with terrible vengeance, and you shall know my name is the Lord, and also, give me a bit of that cheeseburger”? Lame.

  34. Now you want Bible verses to inscribe on your guns? How about I Samuel 6:4-5:
    “They asked, “What is the indemnity that we should pay to Him?” They answered, “Five golden hemorrhoids and five golden mice….You shall make figures of your hemorrhoids and of the mice that are ravaging your land; thus you shall honor the God of Israel, and perhaps He will lighten the weight of His hand upon you and your gods and your land.”

  35. [re=498548]gurukalehuru[/re]: *sniff* That was… beautiful.

    [re=498564]proudgrampa[/re]: Wait, a gun-sight manufacturer has a values and morality policy? What?

  36. [re=498651]teebob2000[/re]: Prince Erikkk has devoted his life to killing muslins and now thanks to the SCOTUS he has 10 million votes for new wars. Who was it that asked when we would see corporations form their own militia’s to war with the gubbermint? Xe Hah Ya All!

  37. Is this any worse than, say, the pork/beef fat greasing on the P53 (.577 Ball) Enfield paper catouches issued to Muslim/Hindu sepoy debacle that sparked the Indian Rebellion of 1857?

    America Raj #1!

  38. [re=498764]doloras[/re]: It’s important for you guys to suck up though. Someone might discover oil, or uranium in your country and it’s good if at least a handful of American’s remember that you weren’t supposed to be just a bombing range. Knowing the Aussies, they’d probably be sending the U.S. the latest satellite pics of your place.

  39. [re=498790]Gorillionaire[/re]: MOOSE-LIMS worship the HORNS of SATAN!!!! And if you don’t shoot them to stop the BULL, your uniform will get all WINKLED!

    (I know, I know. Not my best effort. I’ll just go back to being an asshole.)

    Seriously, though. They make great sights. Really expensive, but great.

  40. “The unscruptions … put us in a dufficult sutuation. We were unaware of ut and we’re unhappy thut the manufacturer dudn’t give us any undication that these were on there,” Dunne said. “We deem them to be unappropriate.”
    accentified that for ya.
    p.s. any americans wanting to come over? you’re welcome if you have $$$.

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