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‘Jesus Rifles’

January 21, 2010, 6:33 AM
Muslim groups expressed anger yesterday about the emergence of evidence showing that the US military uses combat rifles inscribed with coded Biblical references. “Army officials have said they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping references to Bible verses on the gun sights used by American forces to kill enemy fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday said the continued use of the sights with the religious references would send a negative message to the Muslim world. ‘The use of military equipment with hidden Bible references sends the false message to Muslims worldwide that we are at war with Islam,’ said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. ‘In addition, these sights are a potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces, endanger our troops and alienate our Muslim allies. They should we withdrawn as soon as logistically possible.’”
 

‘Jesus Rifles’

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