Cadet Lt. Blake Page is an atheist. He is a cadet at West Point nearing the completion of his four-year program. In fact, he’s only five months away from graduating. He is upset about the religious nature of some aspects of West Point. He describes it as a blatant violation of the Constitution:
“These men and women are criminals, complicit in light of daily defiance of the Uniform Code of Military Justice through unconstitutional proselytism, discrimination against the non-religious and establishing formal policies to reward, encourage and even at times require sectarian religious participation.”
Even if everything Mr. Page says is true, it’s obvious that he’s a wimp. He can’t handle the pressure of people who disagree with his views. What will he do in combat when America’s enemies are firing bullets at him and dropping bombs on him? Was he going to run home to his mommy and whine and cry that the bad people were being mean to him?
CNN contributor Roland Martin got involved in the debate about Mr. Page’s grievances. As expected, he brought race into the discussion even though Page is not black. Here’s what Martin said:
“General Benjamin Davis Jr. was the first black to finish from West Point in the 20th Century. He went through an entire year where no one even spoke to him because he was black. Do you believe that you’re giving in to them by leaving? What if you stayed? What if you said, no matter what you do to me, I am going to win and beat you at this battle? Why leave?”
General Davis did not pack it in when he was treated unfairly, just like Jackie Robinson did not quit baseball when he was subjected to ridicule and actual threats of violence.
Christians have been fighting anti-Christian professors for decades. Every day Christians are attacked on television shows, in films, in anti-Christian billboards put up by some of Mr. Page’s fellow atheists, and in books by best-selling atheist authors like Daniel C. Bennett, Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitches, and Sam Harris.
Dennett proposes that anyone who holds a theistic view of origins should not be allowed to educate their children:
“If you insist on teaching your children falsehoods — that the Earth is flat,1 that ‘Man’ is not a product of evolution by natural selection — then you must expect, at the very least, that those of us who have freedom of speech will feel free to describe your teachings as the spreading of falsehoods, and will attempt to demonstrate this to your children at our earliest opportunity. Our future well-being — the well-being of all of us on the planet — depends on the education of our descendants.”2
Such views are not uncommon among atheists.
There’s the recent story about residents at a senior apartment complex who had their Christmas tree removed “from the community room because, they were told, it’s a religious symbol.”
Stories like this one are reported on almost daily across the United States. Take a look at David Limbaugh’s Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity. Christians have been on the receiving end of anti-Christians hostilities for nearly two millennia. Mr. Page needs to grow up. If he can’t take the pressure of religious disagreements, then he doesn’t belong at West Point.
The only reason this guy is getting any attention in the media is because he’s attacking Christians.
- Any scholar worth his historical salt knows that the flat earth myth was a 19th-century invention. “It was Washington Irving’s 1828 novelistic biography The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, a work of fiction, that spread the lie that until Columbus’s time everyone believed that the world was flat.” John J. Pilch, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012), 22. Also see Jeffrey Burton Russell, Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians (New York: Praeger, 1991). [↩]
- Daniel C. Dennett, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995), 519. [↩]