Church-State Watchdog Group Advises Military Academy To Stop Violating Religious Liberty Rights Of Cadets

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events.

In a letter to Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon and other officials, Americans United asserted that the academy’s prayer policy runs afoul of the Constitution and violates the rights of cadets.

“West Point cadets should be able to train for service in our nation’s military without having religion forced upon them,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Academy officials must respect the religious liberty rights of all cadets, who should be free to make their own decisions about prayer without government coercion.

“America is increasingly diverse, and so is the student body at West Point,” Lynn continued. “We must stop thinking that a ‘one size fits all’ prayer works for everyone. It doesn’t.”

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