• DISTURBING: Resignation of West Point cadet over discrimination against non-believers

    Forcing others to pray while having an extramarital affair: David Petraeus, another religious hypocrite

    The US military is an institution I have the highest respect for. Yet there is little doubt that over the years the military has been tilting toward the religious right. The most recent sign of this is the resignation of a cadet, Blake Page, in protest to what is going on at West Point, which was not without risk. You can see an interview with Page here. Those who have smugly called atheists crybabies and have said that they have never been subjected to discrimination may want to take note.

    Here are some of the reasons he gives for his resignation.

    I do not wish to be in any way associated with an institution which willfully disregards the Constitution of the United States of America by enforcing policies which run counter to the same. Examples of these policies include mandatory prayer, the maintenance of the 3rd Regiment Shield, awarding extra passes to Plebes who take part in religious retreats and chapel choirs, as well as informal policies such as the open disrespect of non-religious new cadets and incentivizing participation in religious activities through the chain of command.

    And his hopes for the future:

    Perhaps with enough external pressure brought to bear by continued civil rights activism, America’s military leadership will one day soon be forced to realize that non-religious soldiers are not enemies of the state to be shunned, ridiculed and marginalized, but rather patriotic, honorable Americans to be respected as equals.


    (Image credit: Chris Rodda)



    Category: Uncategorized

    Article by: No Such Thing As Blasphemy

    I was raised in the Islamic world. By accident of history, the plague that is entanglement of religion and government affects most Muslim majority nations a lot worse the many Christian majority (or post-Christian majority) nations. Hence, I am quite familiar with this plague. I started doubting the faith I was raised in during my teen years. After becoming familiar with the works of enlightenment philosophers, I identified myself as a deist. But it was not until a long time later, after I learned about evolutionary science, that I came to identify myself as an atheist. And only then, I came to know the religious right in the US. No need to say, that made me much more passionate about what I believe in and what I stand for. Read more...
    • Carl

      Being in the military myself I did find it overtly christian when in boot camp on Sundays you either had a choice go to religious services or stay in the barracks I stayed in the barracks.