Dick’s has lost my business. This was an exercise in political correctness. They will discover what a poor business decision this was when the tsunami of 2A supporters boycott them. There is a boycott page on FB now.
December 6, 2012 at 12:47pm
The mission of the USMA is to develop leaders for the Army, period. A leader cannot be effective without faith as his/her moral center and moral compass. This is the reason that soldiers pray. This Cadet should have been weeded out in his Plebe year. The USMA leadership failed in that regard for not running him off sooner. As the Cadet chose to stay so long, he wasted the Army’s time (and denied another more qualified candidate a much-coveted slot). For this he should have been discharged under “other than honorable conditions” and sent a bill for his education. I say “Good Riddance”.
"A leader cannot be effective without faith as his/her moral center and moral compass."
If by "faith" you mean faith in the Christian God, then this is little more than an opinion-based assertion. You cannot substantiate this anymore than you could that the moon is actually made of cheese.
"This is the reason that soldiers pray."
No it isn't. If every soldier was a leader, then who would do the work? Leaders are recognized and granted additional leadership responsibilities for superior performance, organization, and their ability to motivate others to make a greater contribution to the tasks at hand, or produce a greater effort. Soldiers pray because they believe in God, but I personally know, and have worked with many soldier/sailor/airmen/marine leaders who do not believe in God.
So because they found a medically disqualifying condition that was not manifest when he entered the academy, but that showed up at this point, he should have to repay the cost of his tuition? Hmm... And I suppose that every military person who has been medically discharged 1,2,3,4 etc years after they enlisted for medical conditions that were not manifest when they enlisted should have to pay back their salaries and benefits?
First, thank you for your service. We are brothers-in-arms.
I disagree with you on one point. When a person enlists or is commissioned the oath is to protect our Constitution, not to protect the Bible. Our faith is encompassed in the Soldiers Creed, the NCO Creed and the Army Values.
I can honestly say that the profoundly religious soldiers I command did not demonstrate any more courage that those who were not religious. I do think that the profoundly religious did find more solace than others.