Deutsche Welle is reporting about a U.S. firearms company that makes a rifle bearing Christian iconography to “prevent” Muslim terrorists from using the weapon. A local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) decried the weapon as a marketing ploy.
In a controversial marketing bid, Florida-based company Spike’s Tactical crafted an assault rifle with a cross of the Knights Templar – a Catholic order known for its escapades during the Crusades – and a passage from the bible.
The company said the “Cruzado” or “Crusader” assault rifle used Christian iconography in order to deter Muslims from using it.
“We wanted to make sure we built a weapon that would never be able to be used by Muslim terrorists to kill innocent people or advance their radical agenda,” said company spokesperson Ben Thomas, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran.
“This ensures that no Muslim terrorist will ever pick up this weapon and use it to bring harm to another person,” said Thomas. “That’s actually my favorite part of the rifle.”
The only “slam” mentioned in the article comes from CAIR. The lefty euro-rag where I found this story describes CAIR as a “civil liberties association challenging stereotypes of Islam in the US.”
“There’s nothing actually stopping a white supremacist from getting their hands on that gun, from a potential mass shooter from getting their hands on that gun,” said a statement by CAIR-FL spokesperson Ali Kurnaz.
“This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division and violence,” said Kurnaz.
I don’t know about that. I’m Jewish and I would take this rifle out for a test drive. I don’t find it divisive.
Can’t we all agree that it’s a good thing to keep weapons out of the hands of “Muslim terrorists to kill innocent people or advance their radical agenda”?
You can find the specs for the rifle on Spike’s Tactical website.