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Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point
Associated Press ^ | 12/5/12 | Michael Hill

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antitheist; atheist; christianstudents; nevermind; secular; usma; westpoint
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Lyin sack.
1 posted on 12/06/2012 8:21:08 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

Bye Bye POS!


2 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:16 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: crosshairs

read to the bottom of the article.

he was found medically unfit.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:30 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: crosshairs

A liar and a hypocrite...but Jesus can change him.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:38 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: crosshairs

Go to a state school then, boy. You’ll have plenty of atheists there!


5 posted on 12/06/2012 8:23:47 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: crosshairs

Probably wouldn’t have fared too well with all the “overt religion” in Afghanistan, then.

SnakeDoc


6 posted on 12/06/2012 8:24:20 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: crosshairs
Depressed atheist, what are the odds?
7 posted on 12/06/2012 8:24:58 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: crosshairs

Unfortunately, saw last week that West Point chapel had its first same-sex wedding...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2964903/posts


8 posted on 12/06/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: crosshairs

Somewhere a deserving young American is wondering how this POS was selected over them in the nominating process.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by TADSLOS (No need to watch the movie "Idiocracy". We're living it.)
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To: crosshairs

So ah just how bad were his grades ???


10 posted on 12/06/2012 8:28:22 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: crosshairs

Blake needs to learn a little tolerance.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 8:28:54 AM PST by TheDon (In 2012, American voters doubled down on the first affirmative action president.)
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To: crosshairs
Page said he had been medically disqualified this semester from receiving a commission in the Army as a second lieutenant - like his classmates will receive in May - because of clinical depression and anxiety. He said his condition has gotten worse since his father killed himself last year.

Sounds like the kid has other issues to deal with.

12 posted on 12/06/2012 8:30:01 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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So ah just how bad were his grades ???

Probably so bad, he didn't have a prayer.
13 posted on 12/06/2012 8:30:08 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: TADSLOS
Too bad that we don't have commanding generals who prayed, like Washington, Patton and others, instead of Petares(sp), West and those like them.

Washington , Patton prayed, a lot.

14 posted on 12/06/2012 8:30:18 AM PST by Parmy
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To: crosshairs

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.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 8:31:43 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: crosshairs

How many years did it take him to figure this out?


16 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:02 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: longtermmemmory

I knew there had to be another reason.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:02 AM PST by sarasota
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To: crosshairs

Yet this “story” manages to make the “AP”


18 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:25 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: crosshairs

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.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 8:33:05 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: crosshairs

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


20 posted on 12/06/2012 8:33:28 AM PST by RWGinger (Simpl)
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