Freethinkers have been watching the encroachment of evangelical Christianity on the American Armed forces with alarm. It’s why groups like the Military Religious Freedom Foundation exist. Few people have closer to the problem than Blake Page, a cadet at West Point who has contributed to Justin Griffith’s “Rock Beyond Belief” blog.
Page has now made a major sacrifice in order to bring attention to the problem of proselytizing in the military: he’s leaving West Point. From NBC News:
A West Point cadet publicly announced his decision to quit the prestigious military academy just months before graduating to protest what he sees as the illegal infusion of military procedures and events with fundamentalist Christian proselytizing.
To call attention to his move, senior Blake Page wrote a scathing commentary on West Point, published Monday in the Huffington Post.
“Countless officers here and throughout the military are guilty of blatantly violating the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution,” wrote Page, who was slated to graduate in May. “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.”