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Religion critic positive after West Point meeting

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -

An advocate who has in the past accused West Point of improperly promoting religion said he is greatly encouraged after meeting with the academy's new superintendent.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation president Mikey Weinstein said Thursday that he met this week with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., who took command at the U.S. Military Academy last month.

Weinstein said Caslen seemed receptive to the argument that cadets should not be asked in class about their religious inclinations and afterward sent a letter saying the meeting was productive.

Weinstein's foundation had raised concerns years ago about the ties Caslen and other officers had to the evangelical group Christian Embassy. The Defense Department's Inspector General recommended in 2007 that Caslen be disciplined for wearing his uniform in a video for the group.

West Point confirmed there was a meeting.

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