Ok. This is something that by experience I am uniquely qualified to speak to. You really need to read the above link to get the full background story, but in case you don’t, here are the nuts and bolts:
- Cadet at West Point doesn’t believe in God.
- Cadet has clinical depression.
- Cadet is deemed unfit to serve in the Army because of said depression.
- Cadet becomes bitter and lashes out against those that talk about God, blaming the institution itself.
- Cadet quits West Point.
Now, I had an
elaborate rant post typed up that I junked because I’m trying to be more sensitive to the cautions of my wife who says that no one reads my posts because they are too “heavy”. Since she may be right on both fronts (given my background in philosophy and inherent contrarian attitudes), this is the light version of my less than humble opinion the original post, in bullet form.
- On this, I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there. I had this kid’s life, in so many ways. Yes, been there, but I did not do that. He’s wrong and I honestly believe he will regret making this decision to quit.
- I’m glad that there are people at USMA that are still evangelizing. It would be very difficult for me to name 5 people that I met at the Academy that I would say were dedicated and open followers of Jesus…in four years.
- It is not an institutional problem at all. He is simply haunted by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and is kicking against the pricks.
- I pray that he finds repentance so that the void in his heart put there by sin can one day be filled by God.
I’ll leave you with a few telling bits from the article, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
“Maj. Nicholas Utzig, the faculty adviser to the secular club, said he doesn’t doubt some of the moments Page described, but he doesn’t believe there is systematic discrimination against nonreligious cadets.
‘I think it represents his own personal experience and perhaps it might not be as universal as he suggests,’ said Utzig, who teaches English literature.
One of Page’s secularist classmates went further, calling his characterization of West Point unfair.
‘I think it’s true that the majority of West Point cadets are of a very conservative, Christian orientation,’ said senior cadet Andrew Houchin.’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.'”
Thank you Maj. Utzig and Cadet Houchin for your sincerity and honesty about a very touchy subject.