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Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

Discussion in 'Religious Issues' started by Smacktard, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Guss


    Jul 1, 2010
    But he wouldn't have had a chance to blame religion if the military were doing things the right way.
  2. PaulMason


    Feb 10, 2010
    People that believe he quit 6 months before graduation because of religion also think the protest/attack on the US embassy in Libya on 9/11 was due to a youtube video.

  3. Maybe his way of making a statement was to quit... :upeyes:
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  4. bobtheelf


    Sep 3, 2012
    My grandfather left college one semester away from graduating to deploy to Europe in WWII.

    I had a teacher who left school one quarter away from a math degree to start over in psychology.

    You believe a lot of things that just aren't true.
  5. pipedreams

    pipedreams Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    S. E. Iowa

    "because of clinical depression and anxiety. He said his condition has gotten worse since his father killed himself last year."

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  6. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    I can see where it is likely the two are related. If he was already being hazed for not being religious, can you imagine the comments he got when his father killed himself? I bet he had to endure morbid quips about his heathen father burning in hell or rotting in the ground.
  7. Sarge1400


    Jan 15, 2003
    And you know this how, exactly?

    You have a penchant for using words like 'nobody', 'never', and 'always'. You obviously have little to no debate or critical thinking skills or experience. Based on your posts, I'm inclined to say you have very little education of any kind, save maybe Sunday School.

    There you go jumping to conclusions again.

    I wouldn't bank on anything you say.
  8. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    No, actually one guy who quit when he found out he couldn't be an Army officer after graduation, because he was crazy, so he decided to blow the chance for a West Point degree to get attention by making a public statement.

    I'm not a fan of religion, at all, but this guy was an attention seeking nut, who would never have done this if he hadn't found out he was ineligible for the military.
  9. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    You are creating a fantasy world that doesn't really exist in the military. It's a long, long way from religious and people give less of a crap about your religion than almost anywhere I can think of, including college. The only people I have ever heard make claims like this guy are those who have an axe to grind for other reasons.
  10. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    Meh, what would I know about the military...

    (Operation Desert Shield/Storm & Operation Deliberate Force)

    I get it, I'm proud of my time in the service too and you're right about religion being a non issue in the mainstream military. However, I'm not so naive as to believe that a paramilitary organization such as West Point can be completely immune to effects found throughout society.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  11. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    And since it seems relevant, I actually experience something like this right now. Working for a large school district, I've witnessed organized calls to prayer during work hours at official office functions. I just lower my head and wait for them to finish. I don't pray, I don't say amen, but I don't advertise that I am an atheist either. If I wanted to, I could probably have a pretty good pay day with an EEOC complaint and lawsuit, but that's really not my style.
  12. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    Now THATS funny! :rofl:
  13. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas

    Your stock just went up....:thumbsup:
  14. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    LOL! Well, remember that the next time I say something that pisses you off!

    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  15. void *

    void * Dereference Me!

    I was Air Force enlisted, and based on my experience I don't think being an officer had anything to do with it.

    They explicitly told everyone taking it at the time I originally took it that we could leave out "So help me God" in the enlistment oath, for instance.

    We had to go to the chapel once during basic, as a mandatory thing. However, that was explicitly so they could ensure that everyone knew where it was (basically so no one could claim they weren't allowed to worship by virtue of not knowing). After that it was basically go if you wanted, don't if you don't. A lot of people found religion (because it was basically some hours every week with no TI around), but I always stayed back at the dorm - and we might have had to buff the floors or whatever during that time but it wasn't specifically "you're not going to church so we're punishing you", it was "this stuff needs done and you're here, do it", and there were times that we would just end up reading or polishing our boots and BS'ing or whatever (maybe 3-4 guys didn't go).

    There was no officer-initiated, specifically Christian prayer like you hear stories about coming from the Army, nor was there any hazing based on religion, that I remember.

    There wasn't anything specifically pro-non-believer, either, but the chaplains were there for people who wanted them and the people who didn't basically could go about their duties and life w/out worry.

    This may largely be a matter of where, when, and particularly under who that any particular person served.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  16. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005

    In the Army, we don't usually make them do work if they stay in the barracks instead of going to church. In fact, the ones who don't go usually get personal time and sometimes even calls home and PX trps and such. Not many usually go to church - far less than half. Among those, many only go because the churches tend to give them snacks to encourage them to come every Sunday. We had many who would freely admit that didn't follow the religion they were going to church for. We had black kids from New York going to the mormon service and white kids from kansas going to the muslim services, etc. Nobody cares, either among the privates or the drill sergeants.

    Last summer, I had to take 3 privates to the Wiccan service, because they were just curious, but when a guy wearing a skirt, pink half shirt and makeup met them at the door, they decided to try a different religion the next week (I made them stay for the Wiccan service - they said he danced and cried during it). Then I went to the Episcopal church and picked up the privates there, one of whom said she really was a Wiccan, but the Episcopals had pizza and cookies.

    When I was deployed in 2009-10, I know there were some sort of religious services on our FOB sometimes, but very, very few people ever went.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  17. void *

    void * Dereference Me!

    Well, like I said - it wasn't a matter of "You're going to do this because you didn't go to church". It was a matter of "this needs done, you're here, do it". And, again, like I said, there were plenty of times it was just sit-around-and-do-basically-whatever (like reading letters and such).

    It was really no different than when people had visitor center visits or whatever - if work needed done the people who were in the barracks did it. It didn't matter *why* the people who weren't in the barracks, weren't in the barracks.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  18. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Idaho
    There's a lot of religion in the military, I simply respected their chosen path and went about my day. That West Point story seems to be all bout his mental capacity to be an officer, with a little sizzle thrown in for PR purposes. Heck when I was in boot camp I went to the Mormon services. Only because the catholic and protestant services were more of the same boot camp regimen. In the Mormon services they brought in hot chicks to talk to us, great planning on their part. They let us write letters home and actually speak. Nothing wrong with hot chicks and a little free time. Thanks Mormons, brilliant plan.
  19. Japle

    Japle John, Viera, Fl

    Feb 26, 2000
    Viera, Florida
    I’m sure there’s more to the story.

    When I went through USAF OTS, the top student, OT Wing Commander, etc., was a Sr. Master Sgt who just wanted to prove he was qualified to be an officer. He quit the day before graduation and handed in his retirement papers. He had 26 years in at that time.

    Big waste of taxpayer’s money.
  20. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    Atheists graduate West Point every year without so much as a complaint in their four year experience. I wonder what his real reason is.