Conscientious objector

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Ali's personal pursuit of fair treatment under the law began about two years before mine. With the Vietnam War raging and young men subject to a mandatory military draft, Ali and I both sought official designation as conscientious objectors to war and killing.
It is the same love for humanity and desire to serve that causes soldiers to experience deep trauma once their conscience processes the results of what they've done, the deaths and the pain they've been a part of. Military training dulls the conscience, but not forever.
A pharmacist should be required to dispense prescriptions regardless of religious beliefs, just as a supermarket cashier must check out meat products even though eating animal flesh goes against his or her vegan beliefs.
The subsequent demand from officials at Doughty's home USCIS office in Houston drew the ire of atheist groups. The Freedom
Margaret Doughty, an atheist and permanent U.S. resident for more than 30 years, was told by immigration authorities this month that she has until Friday to officially join a church that forbids violence or her application for naturalized citizenship will be rejected.
EARLIER: The American Humanist Association later followed suit, urging the agency to back down or face litigation. “Over
Ten years ago, I was a 20-year-old Marine who was about to cause a world of trouble by becoming the first person in the military to publicly speak out against the Iraq War.
"The judge doesn't really give the rationale for why he made the decision he did. We do know there have been some resistance
If a military draft is ever needed again, Panetta's Pandora Box will not be closed. Then, women will have another choice -- namely, that of the Conscientious Objector.
God came into my life because I allowed it to happen. I had no choice but to respond to the call of discipleship; to pick up my cross, I had to put down my gun.
Today, as the United States celebrates Veteran's Day, the Church celebrates Martin of Tours, a conscientious objector to war. Let us follow this subversive centurion in the way of Jesus, our ultimate Commander.
Earlier this year, Asmaa Mahfouz, a prominent Egyptian activist, wrote the following Tweet (translated from Arabic): "If
The limitation of conscientious objector status to those who object to all wars flies in the face of what the military itself teaches. Those who are told that in war, especially, keeping a moral inner compass is crucial. Yet, if they believe a war is unjust, they are trapped between having to face prison for refusing to deploy or sacrificing that moral compass to fight.
Soldiers serving in democratic systems, especially volunteers, cannot make their own rules without threatening the governments they serve. Picking and choosing of that sort turns each soldier into an army of one.

For his Eagle Scout service project, my 17-year old cousin Christian wants troops off the ground. His campaign is to teach about conscientious objection to war. The Boy Scouts won't let him.
If we continue to be "technically correct" without being morally centered as well, I can't help but recall with dread the old proverb: If we don't change our direction, we're liable to get where we're headed.
Military regulations recognize an individual's right to refuse combat for reasons of faith or conscience, but the CO status does not distinguish between wars of national defense and those of preemptive strikes.
For soldiers who have gone AWOL and then voluntarily turned themselves in or were forcibly returned, detention conditions here in Echo Platoon serve to reinforce the inescapability of their situation.
It is true that as a soldier it is not your job to question the nature of a mission, but what if that mission violates your morality so much you cannot reconcile it with your most basic beliefs?