Army Black Knights quarterback Angel Santiago (3) pitches the ball as he is pursued by Temple Owls defensive end Morris Blueford (45) during the first half of a NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

West Point Students Are Accused of Being Automatons

The Army had a 28-13 win over Temple this past weekend. After the game, in the locker room, the coach led the team in prayer. According to the Military Religious Freedom Association, the coach must now be punished and forced to apologize.

The hostility of neopagans towards Christianity never ceases to amaze me. The players, West Point students, are accused of being automatons who cannot think for themselves and were forced against their will to do something they did not want to do. In an age where NFL players are praised as heroes for sitting out the national anthem, it is an argument increasingly hard to believe. But there you have it.

I would note that “Army West Point graduates, faculty and staff, and six football players” allegedly complain. Six players.

But the reality is we are only going to see more and more of this. Neopaganism masquerading as atheism is on the rise in the United States and they feel emboldened to punish any displays of religiosity. Were the players to do this spontaneously, without the coach, you and I both know there’d be a complaint for that as well.

Still, it is worth noting that the accusation really does boil down to West Point students are unable to think for themselves.

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