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Cadets shouldn’t be forced to embrace others’ religion

A Dec. 13 letter writer who was relieved about a West Point cadet quitting with six months to go because he felt persecuted by a religious culture is certainly wrong. The issue is not brave men who gave their lives and were also religious; presumably there were many who served and died who were not religious, and were just as brave. Nor is the fact that politicians who invoked religion in times of stress particularly relevant; they were politicians, after all, and would not have done so unless it was politically expedient.

The cadet was complaining because he felt that the terms of his service included the embrace of beliefs he does not share. Apparently the writer feels he should share them, and if he doesn’t he is not fit to serve. No reasonable person could agree with that view.

Peter H. Mott

Westfield