Cadet Quits Over Religion: Blake Page Leaves West Point After Over Disrespect Of Atheists

on December 6, 2012 11:50 AM EST

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The Thayer monument at West Point (Photo: Creative Commons)

A cadet who quit over religion said that West Point military academy promoted a culture of prayer and religious activities, said West Point disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page, the Cadet who quit over religion, was six months away from graduation, but the cadet quit over religion instead of finishing out his stint at the U.S. military academy.

Blake Page, the cadet who quit over religion, announced his decision this week, and the 24-year-old cadet said he quit over religion because of the unconstitutional role religion plays in the military.

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"I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that I want to see and so many other people want to see?" Page said, according to the Huffington Post. "I realized that this is one way I can make that change happen."

Blake Page, the cadet who quit over religion, said West Point had a culture of prayer, and nonreligious cadets were often called "heathens" by other cadets and instructors.

"I don't want to be a part of West Point knowing that the leadership here is OK with just shrugging off and shirking off respect and good order and discipline and obeying the law and defending the Constitution and doing their job," he said, according to Fox News.

But not all West Point students agree with the cadet who quit over religion.

"I think it's true that the majority of West Point cadets are of a very conservative, Christian orientation," senior cadet Andrew Houchin said, according to the Huffington Post. "I don't think that's unique to West Point. But more broadly, I've never had that even be a problem with those of us who are secular."

Although Cadet Blake Page quit over religion, he said he still would like to be involved in the military, and become an activist for the nonreligious in West Point and other branches of the military.

"I'd really love to be able to do this for the rest of my life," he said.

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