CAIR Applauds Decision to Drop Bible References from Gun Sights

Jan 21, 2010, 15:22 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by a manufacturer of gun sights to stop putting references to Bible verses on the products it makes for the U.S. military.

Trijicon, Inc. said it would also provide modification kits to the military to enable the removal of the references that are already on sights currently in use.

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Yesterday, CAIR expressed concerns that the gun sights inscribed with Biblical references are a "potential recruiting tool for anti-American forces" and asked the Pentagon that they be withdrawn.

CAIR said the continued use of the sights with religious references would send a negative message to the Muslim world.

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"This is a responsible move by Trijicon that will help reduce or eliminate a potential danger to our nation's military," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations