Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bibles n' Rifles!

Why does anyone care about this? Seriously.

Let's examine what you would have to do in order to be offended by this stunt, in sequence:

1) Be issued this scope (I have no idea, does everyone in the Army get scopes? I kind of thought they were only for special occasions, like sniping or senior prom).

2) Bother to examine the serial number.

3) Bother to stare at said serial number and interpret a specific part of the combination as a Bible verse.

4) Find a Bible in a warzone.

5) Look up and read the passage.

That's a lot of work. Frankly, it just sounds like the company got tired of random numbers and decided to slip in sly references. I do it all the time only with nerd things. Half of the stories about Nunchuck I write incorporate some kind of math/science reference. Unlike me, this company made the serious misjudgment to use Bible verse references (not even quotes, but just a two letter four number combo).

Is there any proof that this company was intentionally trying to convert anyone to Christianity? Aside from this stupidity? If so, it's a terribly shitty way to do so (as outlined above). It would be similar to me driving by your house and shouting, "Second Life!" as a way to draw people into Second Life.

I've been known to be anal about keeping God and Government in their proper places but this is without a doubt inane. We've been threatening and browbeating Yemen, Obama is trying to push healthcare reform, we're stuck in two wars which still have no end in sight, the Eagles have still not won a Superbowl and Dracula has a stronger pulse than our economy and we're worried about obscure references on optional rifle parts?

Who cares??


Ari Blackthorne™ said...

No, everyone in the Army doesn't get a scope of any kind.

As for "random" numbers: just close your eyes and strum your fingers over the top row of the keyboard.



Anna J Tsiolkovsky said...

I thought as much. Who does get issued scopes then?