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 continued."
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 custom."
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.