When the Values of Duty, Honor, Country clash at West Point with the religious teachings of the Liberty Baptist Church in Burnt Prairie . . .
Join us on this journey in the Vietnam War era when the author was confronted by Colonel Al Haig, soon to join President Nixon’s White House and later to serve as President Reagan’s Secretary of State, . . .
And Admiral Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a federal courtroom. . .
Waging a vigorous official defense of compulsory chapel, while the author stood up for freedom of religion under the First Amendment,
Despite them all having sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States . . .
In such a clash and its aftermath, the answer . . .
About the Author
David Vaught is a 1969 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who took up the challenge to compulsory chapel in his last year as a cadet and twice as a witness in the federal court case that ended it. He later became active in Illinois politics supporting the reform campaign of Governor Dan Walker and as Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget under Illinois Governor Pat Quinn during the Great Recession.