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What is a
conscientious objector (CO) is a person who believes that it is wrong to kill
another human being in war.
U.S. Department of Defense defines conscientious objection as a "firm,
fixed and sincere objection to war in any form or the bearing of arms"
because of deeply-held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs. (girights.objector.org)
American Friends Service Committee defines a conscientious objector as someone
who has sincere, deeply-held beliefs that make him or her object to fighting in
war. By the U.S.
military's definition, COs are service members or draftees who have come to
believe because of religious or moral reasons that they cannot participate in any
war. Most human rights organizations and advocates, as well as some countries,
have a broader definition. They believe that conscientious objection can be
motivated by other factors, such as politics, and that people can be
"selective COs," meaning that they
object only to certain types of war, such as offensive wars or nuclear wars. (www.afsc.org/youthmil)
to www.encyclopedia.com , a
conscientious objector is a person who, on the grounds of conscience, resists
the authority of the state to compel military service. Such resistance,
emerging in time of war, may be based on membership in a pacifistic religious group,
such as the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Dukhobors, or Jehovah's
Witnesses, or on personal religious or humanitarian convictions.
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What do I need to do to become a conscientious objector?
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