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Conscientious Objector

"Hacksaw Ridge" Is an Amazing Movie About Faith, Courage, Love and Patriotism

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.04.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Hacksaw Ridge" (Lionsgate) "Hacksaw Ridge" is a movie hard to watch but also hard to forget. Mel Gibs...

Muhammad Ali, the War and Me

Eric Mink | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

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.

The Power of Conscience: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.10.2016 | Health News
Beverly Bell

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.

We Have a Religious Right to Be a Bigot

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

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.

Atheist Approved For Citizenship After Flap Over Non-Religious Opposition To War

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Margaret Doughty, an atheist and legal resident whose application for U.S. citizenship was nearly rejected this month over her non-religious oppositio...

Atheist Seeking Citizenship Told She Must First Join Church

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

UPDATE 6/20 -- Margaret Doughty received notice on Thursday that her application for citizenship had been approved. EARLIER: Margaret Doughty, a...

10 Years and Another World Later

Stephen Funk | Posted 07.16.2013 | San Francisco
Stephen Funk

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.

Kimberly Rivera, Pregnant Mom of 4, Sentenced to Military Prison for Refusing to Serve in Iraq

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Private First Class Kimberly Rivera -- a conscientious objector and pregnant mother of four -- has just been sentenced to military prison for refusing...

Sadie Hawkins was K.I.A.

Harold Ross | Posted 03.30.2013 | Women
Harold Ross

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.

Reborn on the 4th of July

Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
 Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac

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.

When Soldiers Become Saints

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

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.

Saki Knafo

Maikel Nabil Sanad, On Hunger Strike in Egypt, Is Dying, Says Family | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.15.2011 | World

Back in March, when the ouster of Hosni Mubarak was still fresh, the Egyptian government arrested a 25-year-old blogger named Maikel Nabil Sanad and s...

Just War Theory: Are We Protecting the Moral Conscience of Soldiers?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

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.

When American Muslims Refuse Military Service: Lessons from the Israeli Military

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

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.

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Vognar

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.

Coming to Grips with "The Technicality Generation"

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

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.

When War is Unjust Should Soldiers Just Say No?

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Barrett

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.

Warehousing Soldiers in the Homeland

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dahr Jamail

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.

Why I Won't Go Back

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

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?

Death of an American Hero

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Tom Bernard was one of the WORMS (We Openly Resist Military Stupidity), one of the many thousands of American servicemen and women who actively opposed the Vietnam war.