Blake Page was a senior at the West Point United States Military Academy, who was scheduled to graduate in May, but dropped out of the prestigious school because of official and unofficial Christian proselytizing.
Blake described the proselytizing practices that he considers to be unconstitutional in an article for HuffingtonPost.com.
According to Blake, West Point requires cadets to take part in mandatory prayer and gives extra passes to freshmen who go on retreats and attend chapel choirs.
In his resignation letter to West Point, he wrote:
I do not wish to be in any way associated with an institution which willfully disregards the Constitution of the United States of America by enforcing policies which run counter to the same. Examples of these policies include mandatory prayer, the maintenance of the 3rd Regiment Shield, awarding extra passes to Plebes who take part in religious retreats and chapel choirs, as well as informal policies such as the open disrespect of non-religious new cadets and incentivizing participation in religious activities through the chain of command.
He claims that it was very difficult to get official recognition and funding for the Secular Student Alliance, a group that he headed for atheist cadets.
Blake may have to reimburse the U.S. military as much as $300,000 for leaving early, but stands by his decision. Page told Military.com: “There’s a lot on the line here for me, but I can’t take this … anymore. The officers here have blown me off. They don’t want to do the right thing.”