Skip to comments.Months before graduation, West Point cadet quits, citing culture of overt religion
Posted on 12/06/2012 11:58:11 AM PST by RoosterRedux
A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets.
Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week, telling The Associated Press that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional prevalence of religion in the military.
"I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that I want to see and so many other people want to see?" Page, 24, said. "I realized that this is one way I can make that change happen."
West Point officials on Wednesday disputed those assertions. Spokeswoman Theresa Brinkerhoff said prayer is voluntary at events where invocations and benedictions are conducted and noted the academy has a Secular Student Alliance club, where Page served as president.
Maj. Nicholas Utzig, the faculty adviser to the secular club, said he doesn't doubt some of the moments Pagedescribed, but he doesn't believe there is systematic discrimination against nonreligious cadets.
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We don’t need him.
Let him transfer to a school with lower standards.
I hope Uncle Sam sends him a bill for his education. I know plenty of qualified high school seniors who would love to attend the service academies.
yes, he might enjoy Harvard...
Good. We’re spared another Bradley Manning.
If this story was reversed there would be ‘crickets’ from the MSM.
I think (I may be mistaken) that if you quit/fail after your second year, you either cough up a pretty hefty (100k+?) chunk of change, or serve as an enlisted soldier to pay off your debt.
...after all, graduation from West Point means you might get posted to a war zone. I am not speaking from personal experience, but I would expect that one would get religion real fast in a war zone. We can’t have that, now can we?
Good riddance to bad rubbish! He’s not fit to lead men into battle.
Definitely a display of bad judgment on this kid’s part. And if I am not mistaken, he now has to pay for his otherwise free service academy education.
Ha ha! The Secular Student Alliance Club. They had a chapter at The College of New Jersey, and guess who the adviser was??? Jon Stewart’s dad, Donald Leibowitz: http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2009/09/15/no-joke-stewart%E2%80%99s-dad-taught-at-college/
All fits together, doesn’t it?
Quick, enroll in the Ecole Militaire or some such outfit in France. Then you will bot suffer from clinical depression. You can be happy in your paganism. What a wuss.
Can he claim the usual welfare payments for those with “nerves”?
“I’d really love to be able to do this for the rest of my life,” he said.(ie, be an anti-religion activist)
Another POS, zoloft inspired community organizer in the making, let the POS take a hike, maybe he’ll fall over the cliff down into the Hudson before he leaves.
I am close to someone with depression, and it has been mostly under control with medication, but they would acknowledge that they shouldn’t be leading people into battle. The top brass made the right call, and now that he’s been rejected, he’s trying to make this about religion.
I doubt this reason seriously.
Harvard was names for a Christian clergyman who gave his library and half his estate to endow the college. It trained many ministers in its first couple of centuries, before going “secular.” Harvard’s original motto was:
Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae
(Truth for Christ and the Church)
(Today, it is just shortened to: Veritas,” being as they’ve abandoned Christ and his Church....in favor of “incest-fest sex hook-up parties”).
Enough to make old Reverend John Harvard reallyproud, eh?(?)
Six months before graduation? Methinks this hen is grasping at straws.