Oct 21 2012

West Point Cadet’s Petition to Stop Mandatory Participation in Religious Events

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


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  1. 1
    Marcus Ranum

    I know we’ve still got a long way to go, but that’s pretty dialed-back and cautious godbotting compared to the kind of crap we got back in the 80s. Thanks to the activist foxhole atheists, real progress is being made!!

  2. 2

    It wasn’t so bad in the 60′s and 70′s, at least were I was. Yeah the Chaplin babbled on the 1MC at taps, but no-one paid much attention. I did have one Warrent Officer who bleated about god all the time, but the only effect was annoying us. He never made any real attempt to make us do anything like go to any religious service.

  3. 3

    The open defiance of the separation of Church and State is growing by leaps and bounds in this country and must be stopped.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Will do…….done.

  5. 5
    Crudely Wrott

    During my abbreviated stay with the USCG in 1970 there was a company commander who tried to hypnotize me and a small group of recruits. Didn’t work.

    Later, the same CC tried to lead another small group of us to the accept Jesus. Same result.

    I smelled a rat on the first occasion. I smelled a dead rat on the second.

    Not withstanding the fact that the Christian god heartily endorses war and mayhem and brutality. Don’t believe me? Go read his autobiography.

  6. 6
    Dr. Strabismus

    I’d expect that kind of stuff from Generals, Colonels, and Majors, but the Sergeant First Class should have known better.

  7. 7

    rich millionaires with their heads up the arses


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