Dec 6, 2012

Cadet, United States Military Academy at West Point: Uphold the U.S. Constitution

Update: West Point Military Cadet's Unsettling Story of How Christianity Dominates the Academy and Drove Him to Quit (Valerie Tarico, AlterNet)

West Point Cadet sacrifices career in noble stance defending U.S. Constitution from religious zealots

West Point doesn't seem to believe in Article VI of the United States Constitution—as in "... no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

Blake Page, cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, is educating some very foolish people.

Page has resigned from West Point out of principle and out of respect for the U.S. Constitution.

This is not a Christian nation, and certainly not a Christian military. Got that, fundies?

From Page's piece at Huffington Post:

While there are certainly numerous problems with the developmental program at West Point and all service academies, the tipping point of my decision to resign was the realization that countless officers here and throughout the military are guilty of blatantly violating the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution. These men and women are criminals, complicit in light of day defiance of the Uniform Code of Military Justice through unconstitutional proselytism, discrimination against the non-religious and establishing formal policies to reward, encourage and even at times require sectarian religious participation. These transgressions are nearly always committed in the name of fundamentalist evangelical Christianity. The sparse leaders who object to these egregious violations are relegated to the position of silent bystanders, because they understand all too well the potential ramifications of publicly expressing their loyalty to the laws of our country.

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