That always seems to be the justification for any government promotion of a religious practice, both in the military and elsewhere: It's "tradition" -- and tradition trumps constitutionality. But how traditional are practices like this religious flag folding ceremony? Well, often not very.
After painstaking consideration of every salient detail available to me, I am pleased to announce that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation fully endorses the confirmation of Lt. General Robert Caslen to the position of Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The command at West Point does not just recommend, encourage or support the exaltation of Christianity around this time of year, but requires it by force of policy under threat of reprimand for any who dissent.
While Blake Page's feelings and perceived experiences may be very real, they do not produce a truly accurate portrait of the Academy or the reality of the typical cadet lifestyle for the religious and nonreligious alike.
I am five months from graduation. Choosing to resign at this point also carries significant risk. What could possibly compel me to pass over this incredible opportunity in exchange for such harsh penalties?
This short-sighted policy can only work as long as Israel has the unquestioning support of the United States. And that support may not have as long to run as Israel believes, as a recent conference held at the United States Military Academy at West Point demonstrated.
If the U.S. government recruits soldiers and sends them around the world often in harm's way, it is incumbent upon our nation and its people to be there for them when the return. Stand for the Troops helps us do just that.
When I was an Army ROTC cadet at Georgetown University, we were taught the importance of being "warrior scholars." This Memorial Day it seems fitting to consider the raw brainpower that complements our civilian leadership at NATO.