Saturday, December 22, 2012
West Point Prayers Under Attack
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling for an end to Christian prayers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “West Point cadets should be able to train for service in our nation’s military without having religion forced upon them,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Academy officials must respect the religious liberty rights of all cadets who should be free to make their own decisions about prayer without government coercion.”
The church-state watchdog group gave the academy 30 days to
respond to the letter – calling for an end to all prayers at official events because the prayers violate the U.S. Constitution.
A spokesman for West Point told Fox News they had received the letter. The spokesman said that all prayers at West Point are voluntary.
Ron Crews, of Chaplain Alliance, told Fox News he was disturbed by the letter. “Any form of religion is under attack in the military – from Nativity scenes on military chapels to prayers at events,” Crews said. “We need to respect our plurality instead of trying to quash those who do have faith.”