The account of his sons, the many prophecies about him, and the record of the restoration of the temple of God are written in the annotations on the book of the kings. - 2 Chronicles 24:27
Same old same old today. We're down to 4 more days of 2 Chronicles. I'm sure you're tired of hearing me bitch about 1/2 Chronicles, but here I go again. I've never been a fan of defacing books, no matter what they are. But I think I would be doing the world a favor if I ripped out 1/2 Chronicles, shredded the pages, and burned the shreds to make sure nobody could piece them back together.
What happens today? More of the same kings from the book of Kings. I know I complained about the genealogies, but at least they had a point (sort of). This is just more of the exact same stuff. It's even largely worded the same. If someone can find something useful in this section that wasn't mentioned in Kings I congratulate you.
The Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG), which gained recognition (at least for me and the general public) in the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, is embroiled in a controversy. A biblical controversy.
Trijicon, the company that manufactures these advanced gunsights, also stamps biblical passages under the serial number. The raised print reads "JN8:12" (referring to John 8:12).
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12Why would you put a quote from Jesus on a device whose sole purpose is to assist in the destruction of human life?
Trijicon ACOG Scope
"Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." For those who don't follow Jesus, you're probably at the wrong end of that scope. Are we allowed to put verses from the Koran on our weapons too? Maybe they should put the "love your enemies" quote on their gunsight too, since they seem to be trying to be as hypocritical as possible.
I think Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation says it best:
This is probably the best example of violation of the separation of church and state in this country. It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy.(via ABC News)
[Edit: Trijicon is voluntarily (by voluntarily I mean, their #1 customer the government told them to) removing their references to the bible. They are also providing, free of charge, a kit to remove the bible references that are already there. I think for the first time on this blog a news story has a happy ending.
(via The Washington Post)]