(CNN) -- A manufacturer that has been inscribing Bible references on rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan announced Thursday that
it will stop putting scripture references on products the U.S. military
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of United States Central Command, said Wednesday -- apparently before learning of the company's announcement -- that
the references were a "big concern" to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps,
which have contracts for the scopes.
"I hope you can sense ... this is of serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan because it can indeed create a perception
that is absolutely contrary to what it is that we have sought to do," he
He said U.S. troops are much more sensitive "about this kind of thing," apparently, than is the contractor involved.
On its Web site Wednesday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council said the references "feed into the violent extremists' narrative that the ongoing wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq are a 'crusade against Islam.'
++++++++++++ Who knew? Who approved this? How arrogant can they get?