Monday, January 25, 2010

Lens Marked By Religion

Benjamin Bush, a veteran Marine officer who served in Iraq, had this poignant commentary on NPR today about the incredibly stupid and mis-guided marking of US military rifle scopes by a fundamentalist weapons manufacturer with Bible Verse references, that the Bush Administration thought would be a good idea / over looked / tacitly encouraged. Thanks again neocons, recruit more jihadist America haters! Prove to them Umerika is on a crusade. Under-estimate their intelligence, and observations, and get more Americans killed. Wonderfully nuanced. It's worth the 4 minutes, to listen.

Link to Bush's piece here. It was beautifully direct, and spoken from experience. "Hold The Hallelujah: The Perils Of Rifles And Religion"

Best quotes from the piece:
"By branding weapons with Christian messages, there is a deep and ugly blending of religion, politics and bloodshed, and it has unwittingly painted our government and military with the embarrassing language of "crusade.""

"I leave you with a verse that has not been stamped on our weapons: "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you" — Matthew 5:44."

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