After being denied a request to be excused from an event that included religious ceremonies, West Point Cadet Blake Page has started a petition to the Department of Defense to “Stop requiring service members to attend mandatory religious ceremonies.” Blake is also a member of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), and has become the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s (MRFF) representative at West Point.
Please go read and sign Blake’s petition here, and then share on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you can.
We all need to support this cadet who has the guts to put his name out there in spite of the possible retaliation he could face for taking a stand.
From Blake’s petition, a sampling of the kind of crap being told to West Point cadets:
“We’re in a war of good vs. evil. We’re the good guys and they’re the bad guys.” – General X, made in an address to the classes of ’13, ’14, and ’15. 2012
“You’ll never be a good leader until you fill the hole in your heart” – LTC X, statement made in a private counseling session with a CDT. Went on to describe how finding religion improved his life. 2011
“Why would a Humanist need to have a support group? It just doesn’t make sense and you shouldn’t go.” – (paraphrased) 2nd Class CDT X, dissuading a new cadet from attending Non-Theist Chaplain’s Time during CBT 2012
“How can you have any morals without believing in God?” – MAJ X, in a formal developmental meeting with a CDT, 2011
“Of course the United States is a Christian Nation.” – MAJ X, statement made while instructing an International Relations class, 2012
“Because it’s what will be expected of you as an officer.” – SFC X, explaining to cadets why they should include prayers at a mandatory event, even to the objection of several cadets being required to attend, 2012