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Conscientious Objection

A Pivot on the Peace Island

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

Gangjeong is one of the country's smallest villages, yet activists here, in their struggle against the construction of a massive naval base, have inspired people around the world.

My Time as a Vietnam War-era Conscientious Objector

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thom Nickels

When I chose to apply for conscientious objector status in 1969 during the height of the Vietnam War, I was a teenager and in a quandary: How was I to prove my objection to conscription on non-religious grounds?

When Health Care Providers Refuse Care, Whose Rights Are at Stake?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, religion, and conscience. But international human rights standards do not protect our right to express those thoughts or that conscience in a manner that infringes on other people's human rights.

Religious Liberties and Moral Ambiguities - The Cases of Contraception and War Resistance

William Grassie | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

We live in a society and in a world that often does not allow simple moral decisions between right and wrong. Morality is always a muddle of conflicting goods.

God Knows You Have The Right To Refuse Obamacare!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The frantic drive to demonize the healthcare law is rapidly losing steam so the Right is seizing on a well-worn tactic: to declare it an attack on freedom of religion.

Christian Support For Repealing DADT Is A Double-Edged Sword

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

I can support equal rights for gays in the military, but there's the bigger question: As a Christian should I be supporting military participation at all?

This Veterans Day, Honor Those Who Say "No" to Immoral War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

2010-11-11-bgj.jpgThis is the 10th Veterans Day since the Afghanistan War began. The burden of this brutal, futile war falls heaviest on a very small slice of the population.

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.