Skip to comments.Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point
Posted on 12/06/2012 8:21:03 AM PST by crosshairs
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- 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 in a much-discussed online post that echoed the sentiments of soldiers and airmen at other military installations.
The 24-year-old told The Associated Press that a determination this semester 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 said. "I realized that this is one way I can make that change happen." Page criticized a culture where cadets stand silently for prayers, where nonreligious cadets were jokingly called "heathens" by instructors at basic training and where one officer told him he'd never be a leader until he filled the hole in his heart. In announcing his resignation this week on The Huffington Post, he denounced "criminals" in the military who violate the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution.
"I don't want to be a part of West Point knowing that the leadership here is OK with just shrugging off and shirking off respect and good order and discipline and obeying the law and defending the Constitution and doing their job," he told the AP. West Point officials on Wednesday disputed those assertions.
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Bye Bye POS!
read to the bottom of the article.
he was found medically unfit.
A liar and a hypocrite...but Jesus can change him.
Go to a state school then, boy. You’ll have plenty of atheists there!
Probably wouldn’t have fared too well with all the “overt religion” in Afghanistan, then.
Unfortunately, saw last week that West Point chapel had its first same-sex wedding...
Somewhere a deserving young American is wondering how this POS was selected over them in the nominating process.
So ah just how bad were his grades ???
Blake needs to learn a little tolerance.
Sounds like the kid has other issues to deal with.
Washington , Patton prayed, a lot.
If any of the accusations against West Point instructors are true then I’m greatly heartened. Have very few remaining good feelings about the military otherwise.
How many years did it take him to figure this out?
I knew there had to be another reason.
Yet this “story” manages to make the “AP”
This simple p.o.s. sounds like he’s planning a run for office. As a Democrat, of course.
I’m pretty sure he’s a faggot, too.
So he wasn’t going to receive a commission but of course THAT didn’t factor into his decision to “ drop out”
Oh no of course not
I hate that West Point let him pretend what the reason is
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