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Months before graduation, West Point cadet quits, citing culture of overt religion
FoxNews.com ^ | 12/6/2012

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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KEYWORDS: army; atheismandstate; atheistsupremacist; crybaby; crymeariver; culturewar; libealintolerance; military; usma; westpoint
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1 posted on 12/06/2012 11:58:19 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Good.

We don’t need him.

Period.

Let him transfer to a school with lower standards.

Like Harvard.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 12:00:28 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

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.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 12:03:11 PM PST by 12Gauge687
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To: Da Coyote

yes, he might enjoy Harvard...

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/10/11/harvard_to_host_incest_fest_hook_up_party


4 posted on 12/06/2012 12:05:17 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: RoosterRedux

Good. We’re spared another Bradley Manning.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 12:05:43 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: RoosterRedux
As the saying goes, “don’t let the door hit ye where random mutations the good Lord split ye” . . . another one follows along the proverbial broad way with the wide gate.
6 posted on 12/06/2012 12:05:52 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: RoosterRedux

If this story was reversed there would be ‘crickets’ from the MSM.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 12:06:19 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: 12Gauge687

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.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 12:06:50 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: RoosterRedux

...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?


9 posted on 12/06/2012 12:07:09 PM PST by tpmintx (Proven11/6/12! People who work for a living ARE outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Good riddance to bad rubbish! He’s not fit to lead men into battle.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 12:07:15 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Da Coyote

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.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 12:07:52 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: RoosterRedux

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?


12 posted on 12/06/2012 12:08:05 PM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: RoosterRedux

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.


13 posted on 12/06/2012 12:09:57 PM PST by veritas2002
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To: RoosterRedux

Can he claim the usual welfare payments for those with “nerves”?


14 posted on 12/06/2012 12:10:57 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: RoosterRedux

“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.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 12:11:23 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: RoosterRedux

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.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 12:12:44 PM PST by aynrandfreak (Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry)
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To: RoosterRedux
Mentally ill person quits, rejects God. Whaddasupprise.
17 posted on 12/06/2012 12:12:48 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: RoosterRedux

I doubt this reason seriously.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 12:12:48 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: faithhopecharity

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?(?)


19 posted on 12/06/2012 12:14:53 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: RoosterRedux

Six months before graduation? Methinks this hen is grasping at straws.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 12:17:09 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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