Religious freedom advocates have sent a letter to the United
States Military Academy at West Point, urging it not to cave to the
demands of an anti-Christian group.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has sent a
letter on behalf of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty in
response to claims by Americans United for Separation of Church and
State that invocations at West Point events are unconstitutional
and coerce cadets to participate in and endorse religion. That
anti-Christian organization has threatened to sue the Academy if it
does not stop the invocations.
Col. Ron Crews (USA-Ret.) was a chaplain for 28 years and now
serves as a spokesman for the Chaplain
Alliance for Religious Liberty. He says the military has been
yielding to the demands of political correctness.
"The military unfortunately has been yielding to a radical
agenda to the point of even allowing same-sex marriage at the historic West Point
Chapel," Col. Crews laments. "But yet they are unsure, it
appears, that allowing prayers at official events can be
David Hacker, senior legal
counsel for ADF, cites the Constitution.
"The First Amendment allows public officials to acknowledge our
nation's religious heritage," he notes. "Anti-religious groups with
misguided ideas about the First Amendment should not be allowed to
destroy a time-honored, perfectly constitutional American
The attorney goes on to point out that attending these
invocations is completely voluntary, and two federal appeals courts
have already rejected the notion that prayers at university events
coerce attendees into participating in religion.