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"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
John F. Kennedy
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Sister Jean is a sweet old lady and light of goodness in these dark times. But also, it's okay if you conscientiously object. Let us be super clear because I don't want an angry phone call from the Chicago Tribune: Sister Jean seems lovely. She's a 98-year-old nun, after all, which means she's probably a ...
For most people, the term “conscientious objection” evokes images of Quakers and pacifists registering to avoid military service. Many countries have a long and honourable tradition of accommodating such conscientious objectors. It might not be about bombs and bullets, but healthcare professionals often ...

OLD CHATHAM — A one-man show focusing on World War I's conscientious objectors, or those who refused to fight because they believed killing was wrong, was performed at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse on Sunday. English actor Michael Mears wrote and starred in the play “This Evil Thing,” ...
Two young conscientious objectors have received a prison term for refusing their mandatory military service based on their religious convictions. The Incheon District Court said on Thursday that it sentenced a 25-year-old man to 18 months in prison for violating the military law. The convict, who is a member ...
Two young conscientious objectors have received a prison term for refusing their mandatory military service based on their religious convictions. The Incheon District Court said on Thursday that it sentenced a 25-year-old man to 18 months in prison for violating the military law. The convict, who is a member ...
A court in the southeastern city of Ulsan has acquitted two conscientious objectors indicted for refusing the mandatory military service. The Ulsan District Court on Thursday found innocent the two male Jehovah's Witnesses, including a 22-year-old, citing Article 19 of the Constitution on the freedom of ...

500 ultra-Orthodox Anti-draft Protesters Block Entrance to Jerusalem. The 'Jerusalem Faction' urged its members to demonstrate against the arrest of Meir Burdiansky when a routine police check of driver's licenses in Ma'aleh Adumim revealed that he was a draft dodger. Aaron Rabinowitz. Mar 08, 2018 ...
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) recently took two steps to protect the conscience and religious freedom of health care workers. First, it established a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) known as the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.
Mears' U.S. tour is being sponsored by the Center on Conscience & War, an organization that advocates for conscientious objectors. It's being brought to Akron Mennonite by 1040 for Peace, a local pacifist organization. Mears explains the title of his play, “This Evil Thing,” was a “key phrase used by one of ...
This, together with a need for official denominational representation for Adventist conscientious objectors who were being drafted for the U.S. Civil War, led first to the formation of local conferences, then to the organization of the General Conference in May 1863. In early June of the same year, Ellen White ...
MR J. C. Anderson, of Stirling, expressed a strong objection at the monthly meeting of the Clutha Farmers' Union to the Government's action in placing conscientious objectors on the State Training Farm at Wereroa. About 30 of these persons have been placed on this farm, and Mr Anderson stated that any ...
With a slim majority of 4 to 3, the Helsinki Court of Appeals voted that the Finnish practice of allowing male Jehovah's Witnesses to avoid conscription was unjust towards other conscientious objectors, national broadcaster Yle reported. This historic decision denounces the decades-old exemption for ...
Dozens of Haredi extremists demonstrated Tuesday morning outside the home of Knesset member Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem. They were protesting the scheduled session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday concerning ...
They include Haggai Matar, who was also part of the five-strong group of conscientious objectors whose decision to go public with their protest brought the wrath of the Israeli authorities upon them. Matar is today executive director of Israeli-based 972 – Advancement of Citizen Journalism, a non-profit ...
They include Haggai Matar, who was also part of the five-strong group of conscientious objectors whose decision to go public with their protest brought the wrath of the Israeli authorities upon them. Matar is today executive director of Israeli-based 972 – Advancement of Citizen Journalism, a non-profit ...
On Monday, Oct. 16, 1967, Americans gathered by the thousands in cities and on campuses all over the country for the first “Stop the Draft” week. On the steps of federal buildings, city halls and university buildings, hundreds of young men protested the Vietnam War by turning in their draft cards — a ...
Wartime conscientious objectors were human guinea pigs in Sheffield research. The building where the human guinea pig experiments took place in ... Conscientious objectors acted as experimental subjects for research purposes. They proved willing experimental subjects, eager to show that although ...

Two conscientious objectors, both Jehovah's Witnesses, were jailed for one year in January. One had just completed a corrective labour sentence. These are the first jailings of conscientious objectors since 2014. No prisoners of conscience are known to have been freed under the Novruz amnesty.
A new court ruled on Friday that the Finnish practice of allowing male Jehovah's Witnesses to avoid conscription is discriminatory. The Helsinki Court of Appeal on Friday voted 4-3 for naming the policy discriminatory against other conscientious objectors. The ruling came in a discrimination case brought by ...
It should be understood that objectors can, and are in practice, divided into three classes: (1) Religious objectors, who hold to certain sects, whose creeds are against the bearing of arms; (2) conscientious objectors, with real consciences; and (3) defiant objectors. The religious objectors are housed in ...
disobedience. Their test cases are now landmarks of constitutional law. Other forms of protest by Japanese Americans were enacted by conscientious objectors, “No-No Boys,” and others. III. PRISONERS ~ Approximately 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were unlawfully removed from their homes on ...
Never one to shy away from controversy, Kit was active in the civil rights movement in Berkeley, CA and marched at Selma, AL and ferried conscientious objectors to Canada during the Vietnam War. Despite being an outspoken atheist her entire life, she spent time working with the Quakers and Catholic ...
The ruling on Wednesday from the Ontario Superior Court was in response to a constitutional challenge led by the Christian Medical and Dental Society and five physicians, including Ottawa's Dr. Agnes Tanguay. The challengers, who are conscientious objectors to medical assistance in death, argued that ...
Henry also travelled in Alberta to document stories of conscientious objectors, some of which were later published in the book Alternative Service for Peace in Canada During World War II, 1941-1946. The MHSC Executive Committee elected at the recent meeting is almost identical to last year's committee.
Boomer and younger women tend to have different sensibilities regarding the objectification of women. In 1968, a poster appeared in head shops across the nation. Sold to raise money for the draft resistance movement, it featured a photo of Joan Baez and her two sisters below this sly slogan: Girls say yes ...
Replying to a question in the House as to the treatment of conscientious objectors, the Minister of Defence said: "There were 14 men who were sent Home, like all the other troops that are sent. This is a summary of the position in regard to these 14 so-called conscientious objectors: Men alleging religious ...
Michael Mears wrote this play about Britain's First World War conscientious objectors, the compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war. The story moves from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons, from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France and the questions raised ...
The latest 'Thinking Session' in Market Rasen has been inspired by the recent play 'Remembrance' performed at The Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby, which told the story of the Conscientious Objectors communities, who came to the area to farm rather than fight. Its author Ian Sharp and his fellow cast ...
The testimonies include those from young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals, and includes opinions from different sides of the debate, be it from conscientious objectors and pro-choice voices. Samuels exclusively told ELLE UK: 'I think in general people recognise that a ...
Part of the Cymru dros Heddwch–Wales for Peace project, the exhibition explores the reasons why some conscientious objectors chose to take the difficult path of resisting conscription in the First World War. It looks at the problems they faced, especially when hundreds of thousands of men believed it was ...
Volunteers Gerald Wilsnack and Marshall Sutton, taken in 1945. Image from the Minneapolis Newspaper Collection, Hennepin County Library Special Collections. It's easy to look back on World War II and get the impression that America was united in fighting "The Good War." But not everyone fought in the ...
These young refusers, therefore, are likely to be denied exemptions, and sent to repeated prison sentences of two to four weeks each, as has been the case with other conscientious objectors in recent years. In their letter, the young refusers list the occupation, the siege on Gaza, settlements, and violence ...
... the government's oppressive and occupying arm. One of the signatories currently is serving in jail over his refusal to be drafted, Haaretz reported. Medical issues and religious objection are considered valid reason for exemption from military service. Exemptions are not made for conscientious objectors.
A man surnamed Park, 24, who refused to perform his military service for religious reasons, was notified by the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) that his personal information was being added to a public registry of draft dodgers this year. In August, Park was acquitted on charges of violating the ...
On Monday, Oct. 16, 1967, Americans gathered by the thousands in cities and on campuses all over the country for the first “Stop the Draft” week. On the steps of federal buildings, city halls and university buildings, hundreds of young men protested the Vietnam War by turning in their draft cards — a ...
Vietnam War saw more conscientious objectors than any other military conflict; What's that mean? ERIN NEGLEY | Staff Writer ... Records aren't complete, but it appears at least 60 percent of Mennonite men from Lancaster were conscientious objectors. Some received farm deferments and others joined the ...
A new play by an award-winning writer will tell the story of conscientious objectors during World War I. It follows characters Bertrand ... play's writer, Michael Mears. Members of Haringey First World War Peace Forum will be there to discuss Haringey's own 350 conscientious objectors of the First World War.
First-trial courts acquitted 45 conscientious objectors in 44 cases last year involving refusal to report for mandatory military service or reserves training for reasons of religious faith or pacifism, a Jan. 14 examination showed. Last year's cases accounted for the majority of 61 not-guilty rulings for conscientious ...
The book was written in 1936, when people still had memories of conscientious objectors, and was held up in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War as a pacifist text. Not resorting to violence when others urge you to — it's potent for any era and repackaged here with lightness, wit and sometimes ...
I had been showing up here every morning for the past few weeks as part of my organizing work as a member of the New York Draft Resistance. I was a twenty year old college dropout. On this day I was with three slightly older organizers—two women and a man—all of them local graduate students.
Staff at a number of pre-schools say dozens of parents have been attempting to pre-enrol their children for 2019 and beyond, in a bid to avoid the new rules, which will mean they can no longer register as 'conscientious objectors' to vaccination. But the preschools have had to turn away almost all of these ...
The descendants of a small farming community of conscientious objectors who settled in a quiet corner of Lincolnshire will gather next weekend in a converted Methodist chapel to see the extraordinary history of their forefathers played out on stage. The little-known story of the community, which grew up ...
He is also fighting for the sake of other conscientious objectors to have the government and society recognize their freedom of conscience and offer them ... This year alone, 37 acquittals were made at lower courts for conscientious objectors, five times more than in 2016, reflecting a possible change in legal ...
Police arrested 36 demonstrators from among a group of about 150 extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews who disrupted traffic and Jerusalem's light ...
The museum recently unveiled a plaque honoring two Hutterite conscientious objectors, Joseph and Michael Hofer, who died in 1918 in Ft.
Jeremy Kuzmarov teaches at the University of Tulsa and is author of several books on U.S. foreign policy and essays from a newly developed ...
Three anti-draft activists in a non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox community were ordered by the Israeli courts to pay hundreds of thousands of shekels ...
Elizabeth Allen, whose grandfather was a WW1 conscientious objector, and Brian Larkin, coordinator of Peace and Justice, are driving ...
The book, now on display at the city centre museum, features written and drawn contributions from other conscientious objectors (COs) Carr ...
A design competition has been launched ahead of Armistice Day to create a memorial to conscientious objectors. If approved the memorial will ...


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