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Under current Department of Defense policy, those who would object to a particular war are not recognized. Suarez even pushes the issue back one step: when arguments have been advanced that raise some doubt in the consciences of the subjects, they must inquire into their princes cause. Suarez and offer a clear justification for individual conscientious objection to particular wars.
The Catholic Church has long advocated the recognition of selective conscientious objection.: When the princes cause is manifestly unjust, subjects may not serve in his war. If they discover that the cause is unjust, they may not serve. It is emphatically the subjects responsibility to dispel any doubtand if doing so results in certainty on his part that the war is unjust, he must in conscience refuse., sent the following correspondence to the President and the Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary this past July and asked that the DOD provide a process and establish procedures wherein those who object to selective conflicts on the basis of just-war criteria are honorably discharged.
After two weeks of reflection and soul-searching, PVT York returned to his unit.
Much of the regulations and procedures concerning the application for conscientious objection came during the time of conscription by draft, as in the case of PVT York.
Major Buxton established that a Soldiers duties could be consistent with the ethical framework established by his spiritual beliefs.
In offering this conclusion of the role of leadership in building a strong ethical climate, there are those whose spiritual beliefs have historically provided an ethical framework to support a Soldiers duties to his or her country but whose beliefs/religious practices are not currently recognized by the Department of Defense, the selective conscientious objector.
So you see my religion and my experience..me not to go to war, and the memory of my ancestors..me to get my gun and go fight. I'm telling you there was a war going on inside me, and I didn't know which side to lean to. It is a most awful thing when the wishes of your God and your country..mixed up and go against each other.
One moment I would make up my mind to follow God, and the next I would hesitate and almost make up my mind to follow Uncle Sam. I wanted to be a good Christian and a good American too.
Peter at one time refused to obey the civil authorities and appealed to a higher loyalty, to God in doing so.