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.
Another con game. Classic misdirection. Send the little Grifter to prison.
Is he another Sandra Fluke activist liberal who targeted an institution to rampage against religious beliefs?
“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 ...”
Looks like he wasn’t going to be commissioned anyway.
I’ve been out for a while and the rules may likely have changed, but when I was at USNA if you quit after the first class bell rang in your Junior year, you immediately became an enlisted person with a 4 year obligation. More recently, I’ve seen some stories of quitters getting out by repaying the estimated cost of their education.
Not Military material anyway! Religion is a personal belief
Combat is not! I would not want to put my life in his hands and all Service personell do at some point! It must be nice to have the ability to throw a career away on a whim! Daddy can buy a new one!
25 years ago I knew of a young man who attended the rigorous USN nuclear training school, several years in length and in Connecticut (I think) - graduated - reported to his first assignment and then claimed to be a conscientious objector and eventually became a college professor in Chicago. Uncle Sam paid for the best part of his education for nothing.
Only in America
Guaranteed this kid will come out of the closet shortly as well.
Guess it never occurred to him that people may have discriminated against him because he is unpleasant and impolite.
I have heard the story and I read it yesterday. But my short term memory is shot. I think he just found out there was a medical change that disqualified him to get his commission.
That said, since it was not his decision (to be denied his commission) they were going to allow him to graduate with his class.
Boy, looking back, that would have been sweet. But now that I am paying his bill....I say let him transfer his credits and spend another two years getting a degree. (Those English 101 credits are a bitch to transfer!!!)
What a dumb ass! He could have graduated, requested assignment to Afghanistan, and killed lots and lots of hard core religious fanatics. It might have relieved that depression a lot!
So the theory is that those who follow the religion of atheism can somehow trump and suppress the religious views of Christians, as of course, these complaints are not aimed at the Pagan society, etc. So his goal is to never face any challenge to his own religious beliefs. Seems like the simple solution is go grab an Amish family and move them in next door to him and then have them hit him with lawsuit after lawsuit over discriminatory behavior by his using technology that is against their belief.
Religious freedom means you’re free to be religious, not free to tell others how to be religious.
I think the kid has a valid point. How can the service academy insist on attending chapel every Sunday and at the same time allow gays? This is a disconnect and the kid will probably get off scott free as he should. The military can’t have it both ways!
As a Christian when I served in the Navy, if gays were allowed in the service I would have had a definite conflict with that. How you people don’t see that is beyond me.
Next we hear of him he’ll be a Mohammedan.
Call for prayer that he meets the Lord on the road to Damascus. Depression needs to be addressed immediately.
These people who fancy themselves atheists, and maybe they are, will not be satisfied unless and until they FORCE everyone else to embrace their lack of “religion”. No one is hurting him in any way other than his FEELINGS. So, good riddance.
Don’t let the gate hit you in the hinder parts when you leave!
And the SOLE purpose for him joining up.
Burn in hell then quitter. Unless you repent and accept GOD... you are destined for the basement.
That’s how it was at Air Force also (’73). Once you started classes as a Junior you’re on the hook. Of course, he may qualify to evade it if there are special circumstances because of his “disability”.
Don't let that SOB get away with a free education. Enforce his contract and enlist him then make him do the hardest work found that gives him the least exposure to real troops.
coward...what he really doesn;t want to admit is now that WE have paid for his education he doesn;t really want to serve in the military.
If an occasional voluntary prayer is more than he can cope with, what’s he gonna do as a prisoner of war? I understand that environment is a littler harder to deal with.
I don’t think he gets off that easily. When I was at the AFA, if you dropped in your senior year you simply became an enlisted person for the next four years. I suspect it’s the same for the Army, so I’m not sure what he’s gained.
Dunce. Freedom “OF” religion, not freedom “FROM” religion.