WHEREAS prior Assemblies have consistently supported those in our Movement whose convictions cause them to take the position of conscientious objection to participation in war; and
WHEREAS the Military Selective Service Act of 1967 provides for legal recognition of any person who, "by reason of religious training and belief, is conscientiously opposed to participation in war in any form", and
WHEREAS in adopting the 1967 Act, Congress removed the earlier requirement that religious training and belief include belief in a Supreme Being, and the Selective Service System subsequently removed the "Supreme Being" question from its Special Form for conscientious objectors; and
WHEREAS many sincere young men whose conscientious objection is based upon liberal or humanistic religious beliefs, nevertheless continue to encounter serious difficulties in obtaining legal recognition as conscientious objectors;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we reaffirm that it is the right and duty of our members to follow the dictates of their religious convictions, and that when a young man believes that war is wrong, it is not only his right but his responsibility to announce himself as a conscientious objector; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the American Ethical Union continue to offer its counsel and assistance to conscientious objectors and including especially those whose objection is based on liberal humanist religious beliefs whether or not they are formally affiliated with our Movement and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage, urge and sanction that young men make their decision with respect to service in the armed forces on the basis of religious conviction., and that such young men be made aware of our unqualified recognition of the validity of a sincere conscientious belief and of an objection to participation in war in any form which is based on such belief.
Source: Where We Stand ... 1969
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