Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Witless Response to Bible Verse Scopes

Leave it to Fox News to give a platform to the utterly witless Greg Gutfeld to say something utterly stupid about the controversy over Bible verses on scopes sold to the U.S. military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gutfeld is the host of Fox’s atrocious Red Eye show — seriously, have you seen that show? It would need a promotion to get to be merely moronic. He also writes a column on the Fox website, the latest of which is predictably idiotic.

Apparently a Michigan defense contractor has pissed off Muslim groups, by inscribing coded biblical references on rifles it sells to the American military. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations claims they send a “negative message” to the Muslim world.

To quote the emergency room doctor I see every weekend: Here we go again.

Groups like CAIR rarely have their priorities in place; they’re always “reacting angrily” to perceived slights or hypothetical backlashes, when they really should be reacting angrily to those who commit atrocities in the name of Islam.

Yes, because the only people upset by this are Muslims, right? Wrong. Gutfeld doesn’t bother to respond to the Anglican Church, which told The Guardian:

“It would be unfortunate if this practice by an arms manufacturer undermined the military effort in areas of the world where our forces are trying to bring long-term stability,” says a Church of England spokesman. “People of all faiths and none are being killed and injured in these ¬≠conflicts, on all sides, and any suggestion that this is being done in the name of the Bible would be deeply worrying to many ¬≠Christians. The meaning of the Bible is to be found in reflective reading and prayer, not in sloganising and soundbites.”

Nor does he respond to Gen. Petraeus, who issued a statement clearly condemning the placement of Bible verses on the scopes:

“The codes on the scopes are contrary to U.S. Central Command guidance,” General Petraeus noted, adding that CENTCOM’s strategy emphasizes that cultural and religious sensitivities are important considerations in the conduct of military operations.

“Our mission is to protect the population we’re serving and establish conditions for security, stability, and development, and we strive to do that while remaining sensitive to the cultural and religious norms of the populace we are supporting,” Petraeus continued. “We deeply respect the cultures of the host nations and our coalition partners in the Central Command Area of Responsibility.”

He does have some nasty things to say about Mikey Weinstein though:

But you know who really gets my gopher? Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He says the gun sights not only give our enemies a propaganda tool, but adds: “I don’t have to wonder… how the American public would react if citations from the Koran were being inscribed onto these U.S. Armed Forces gun sights instead.”

Now, I believe Weinstein has lost more marbles than a blind man playing KerPlunk. Whether or not bible references should be on rifles is a decent debate, but they will never lead to extremist-driven violence. Terrorists, however, always champion their radical Islamic code and that Ft. Hood shooter more than connected the dots between religion and death, before slaughtering innocent Americans. But come on, even the most radical Christians don’t fly planes into buildings.

I’ve read that several times and I have absolutely no idea why he thinks the second paragraph is a response to the first. It’s nothing but irrelevant gibberish.