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
This sounds like it could be good news for anybody who would have had to shave a foxhole with him. He’d probably pull a Belcher.
Hmmm, what is a creator?
Not to go all gung ho about it, but in my day this sniveling brat would have awakened from a sudden slumber in a cow pasture with two black eyes and would have had to pick his teeth out of his next bowel movement.
God Bless the Memory of all that was!
24 years old? Smells like another Fluke agitator. Why drop out 6 months before graduation? How long has be been there? Most people go to college at 18-19 so where was he before WP?
Why doesn’t he get the bill for the schooling he’s received at taxpayer expense? West Point isn’t cheap. Page is the one who violated his contract and he ought to find out that actions have consequences.
No loss here. The military doesn’t need someone with these flaws in the ranks.
Because basic training instructors never mock or criticize anyone else for anything, right? I thought was part of the drill -- needling the trainee to force them to keep their composure under duress?
A lot of his units are probably non-transferable. He’ll basically have to start over.
One more pantywaste out.
“He plans to remain an activist on the role of religion in the military.”
...he’ll end up doing the lecture circuit with Fluke for the libs. You’ll see these 2 idiots at college campuses everywhere within 6 months.
Just like “Speaker””Boner”
Does the article specifically state that he is not going to be required to reimburse the government? If not, then this 'individual' is likely to have a rather rude awakening in a few months...
In 16 years of service, I was never once pressured into prayer or to attend services.
This guy had admitted emotional issues. The Army is better off without him.
He didn’t really quit. He was medically disqualified and took to the opportunity to get his 15 minutes of fame on huffington post.
I hope that he gets better and chooses a less public way of dealing with his problems.
"Every G** d*** day!"
While the majority, probably, of incoming people enter a service academy directly from high school, not a few of them take a more circuitous route. For example, he could've spent a year at another school prepping for entrance, including the Military Academy Prep School. Or maybe he did a year at another college or university, hoping to get into West Point after that. Or maybe he was an enlisted man before he was nominated and sent to West Point.
Because an Atheist army won’t have a problem following orders to round up Christians.
Makes you wonder why he waited almost four years to use this lame excuse for his departure. Better to lose a POS like this. Can you imagine him in a battle zone? When something went wrong, he'd point the finger at the soldiers under his command, instead of taking responsibility for his own bad decision. He was a prime candidate to die as a result of friendly fire.
Page expects to leave for his grandparents’ home in Wright County, Minn., in the coming days. He plans to remain an activist on the role of religion in the military.”I’d really love to be able to do this for the rest of my life,” he said
Well, I wish we could say Bye Bye but this dysfunctional punk is going to be picked up and used as a tool to drive God out of the Military. The Military is the last pillar and the left can now focus all its resources on destroying it. Dont forget the ACLU has just found 4, count em 4, women to use to bring a suit to force women to the front lines in California. I pray every day but for whatever reason God is allowing our nations demise. It breaks my heart but it is the way it is.
This article is a lot worse than what is stated therein. No matter what we think of the guy that is quitting, the fact is the left now has a cause celeb to go after the military in a very overt way. The officer crop to some extent has been compromised by liberals a long time ago. But this will put in place at West Point and other military instituions to eliminate traditions Christion/Jewish prayer (Isalm is Okay) within the military.
The end is very near and if we are ever going to have a chance we must make a stand now! NOW
The left will embrace him. Maybe he can share a room with Jesse Jackson, Jr. at the Mayo Clinic. Sadly we’ll be paying his disability checks each month, since he’ll surely qualify with the Obama regime’s guidelines.
CLASS OF 1903
Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy 1919-22; Army Chief of Staff 1930-35; Supreme Commander of the Pacific 1941-45; Supreme Commander, UN Forces Korea 1950-51.
CLASS OF 1906
Adna R. Chaffee, Jr.
Chaffee is known as the father of the Armor Branch. Despite a lifelong love of horses and riding, he spearheaded the movement of the American Army into “armored warfare.”
CLASS OF 1907
Henry H. “Hap” Arnold
pioneer of Army Aviation; General of the Air Force 1949.
CLASS OF 1909
George S. Patton, Jr.
Member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic Team; commanding general of the 7th Army 1942-44, commander of the 3rd Army European Theater 1944-45.
CLASS OF 1915
Omar N. Bradley
Commanding general, lst Army, 12th Army Group European Theater in World War II; Army Chief of Staff 1948-49; first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1949-53; chairman of the board of Bulova Watch Company 1958.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Supreme Commander Allied Forces Europe 1943-45; Army Chief of Staff 1945-48; president of Columbia University 1948; President of the United States 1953-61.
CLASS OF 1917
Mark W. Clark
Clark succeeded Ridgway as U.S. and Supreme Allied Commander, Far East, from 1952-53. He successfully negotiated the armistice with the Communist forces in North Korea in July 1953, and later served as president of The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C., from 1954-65.
Matthew B. Ridgway
Ridgway served in many positions during World War II, including commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division and commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Later, he served as U.S. and Supreme Allied Commander, Far East, from 1951-52, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 1952-53, and Army Chief of Staff from 1953-55.
If that is, indeed, the case, it *is* puzzling. He should be required to reimburse, if he isn't, why?
I graduated in 1992...and some of this rings true...but even if true, so what?
There is a group, called the ‘Navigators’...they are born again christains. My room-mate was one; and, once he decided that he liked me, he became very concerned about my soul and did invite me to join. Who knew...peer pressure among young people.
I declined, and it wasn’t that traumatic.
The ‘heathen’ comment instantly triggered memories. During the first summer, we were deprived of food during the week. So, we would go to church on Sunday - where the parishoners (officer’s wives) would lay out a spread of food for after the service. So, almost all of us would go to church. We would get into formation, and the cadre (upperclass) would ask ‘who’s catholic - you need to go with so and so’...and down the line for all the major religions. They would also ask ‘who’s a heathen - you need to go with so and so’. It was meant to be funny - poking fun at the fact some people were so devoted to their lack of faith, they wouldn’t even endure a church service to get food. Who knew - upper class cadets try to insult lower class cadets and make them feel bad.
Liberals always blame others for their self-inflicted pathologies.
However, that doesn't make good headlines, not when the msm can bash religion.