Play along with me for a minute.
Pretend you are in the military.
You have been issued a weapon.
You are tasked with keeping it clean, loading, unloading, firing it accurately.
On the weapon's scope these letters and numbers are engraved in tiny letters:
Now tell me exactly what those letters and numbers mean.
Exactly what they mean.
Not just "I think it means...."
Drawing a blank?
Personally, I think the most you could say it means in a court of law would be ACOG2COR4:6.
Anything else would be supposition.
According to this article, a gun sight manufacturing company called Trijicon has always engraved their sights thusly. The company's founded was from South Africa and wanted it so.
After all...it was HIS company...he therefore was entitled to engrave anything he wanted on his products that wasn't a trademark design from any other company.
Mr. Glyn Bindon's sights were so well made that the US government contracted to have the company make sights for the US military weapons.
But apparently, according to Mr. Michael "Mickey" Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, those letters and numbers ACOG2COR4:6 constitutes the establishment of a religion within the US government. "It violates the constitution!" Mr. Weinstein cries. "It violates the principle of the separation of church and state!"
All together now: HUH???????
Yes, with those simple letters and number, a religion is established.
I am horrified. I have often use the those letters and numbers in public libraries, and in private places as well. I'm pretty sure I have even seen 2, R, 4, O etc. etc on all kinds of government documents.
It is a plot...surely a plot to make Americans HAVE to be part of a new religion!
Join me now in rolling your eyes such nonsense.
The US constitution does not mention ANYWHERE the idea of separation of church and state. The idea was brought up in a letter by a founding father who mentioned that there should be a wall separating church and state, to prevent the "state" from interfering with "church".
The letter in no way suggested that the church should refrain from influencing the state. In fact, President John Quincy Adams used to give sermons with altar calls to "come to Jesus and make him LORD".
(He, by the way, was the son of John Adam who was there when the Constitution was written. If there was such a thing as separation of Church and State in the Constitution, his dad would have been quick to have corrected his son's practice!)
Now maybe....maybe if the sights had had an entire scripture spelled out instead of just (what only might be assumed to be by some) a chapter and verse cryptic reference via letters and numbers from the Bible, maybe that could be considered problematic.
Maybe person in the military would not want to use an excellent weapon if it had a phase that they considered offensive engraved on it.
But simple letters and numbers?
Oh come on Mr. Weinstein.