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  • They are traitors

    America needs citizens that will defend the Constitution from which all the greatness of our country is based upon. This includes the religious freedoms and freedom of thought that all citizens may practice on their own whether they recognize it or not. The fact that any one would hide behind their faith or some moral compass is nothing more cowardice and is treason for all men are created equal and one can kill than so can another. Conscientious objectors are nothing more than traitors and for that they should not be jailed but instead shot on the spot without a trial because they lost that right when they refused to serve the state that bred them and protected them and gave them their cultural and national identity.

  • It's their country, too.

    If you are willing to live in this country and reap all of the benefits that it has to offer, you should be willing to fight for it. I believe there is a lot of ignorance about what the military actually does. Not everyone is in the infantry. There are hundreds of jobs in the military and if this country is in a big enough need to draft people who don't want to fight for it, it is obviously out of desperation. If you are not willing to stand up and pay the price for your freedom, you should leave.

  • Objectors morally bankrupt

    Objectors are apparently more than willing to reap the rewards of the country they are living in. When their country asks for their help in return, they try to weasel out of duty and call it "conscience". It isn't conscience - it's cowardice, and a particularly loathsome variety of it.
    Jail is to good for such parasites. A shot through the head and an unmarked grave is a more fitting reward.

  • Of course not.

    It doesn't really seem like there should be any question about it. Of course we shouldn't jail conscientious objectors. Not everyone wants to be violent and a murderer, and not everyone has to be. It's a little bit shocking that this world is so low that we're down for jailing people just because they have different beliefs to us. Seems a little bit play ground-primary-school-argument-style to me! A little tolerance and acceptance is very much needed

  • Of course not.

    It doesn't really seem like there should be any question about it. Of course we shouldn't jail conscientious objectors. Not everyone wants to be violent and a murderer, and not everyone has to be. It's a little bit shocking that this world is so low that we're down for jailing people just because they have different beliefs to us. Seems a little bit play ground-primary-school-argument-style to me! A little tolerance and acceptance is very much needed

  • War is a necessary evil

    We should not be forced to take part in something that is inherently evil. Everyone has a right to an opinion, and I believe war and the military are wrong. However, as this is not a perfect world, we need them to defend ourselves against threats. That doesn't mean we have to give up our beliefs on morality, and if you force someone into the military, how is it any better than slavery?

  • No, they're entitled to their belief.

    A conscientious objector is entitled to his belief, and his belief should be respected. You cannot force someone to fight if they are morally unable to fight, and they should not be punished for what they believe at their core. It would serve no purpose, and it's simply not possible and is hugely intolerant.

  • military forces should be optional

    Look at Muhammad Ali. He once said no " Those people haven't done nothing to me!" As an American and was around during the Vietnam war, when the draft made innocent men fight for oil. It ruined their lives if they even made it home. There are to many people out there that want to fight for there country. Don't ever make someone fight some body's Else's battles unless they are willing.

  • No, they're entitled to their belief.

    A conscientious objector is entitled to his belief, and his belief should be respected. You cannot force someone to fight if they are morally unable to fight, and they should not be punished for what they believe at their core. It would serve no purpose, and it's simply not possible and is hugely intolerant.

  • No, their entitled to their beliefs.

    Conscientious objects are entirely entitled to their beliefs, and there would be nothing served by jailing innocent, harmless people. That would just be a hateful, prejudicial thing to do. People have a right to be conscientious objectors and in fact they are what they are, so it would be as useful as jailing people because they have blue eyes.

  • No, they're entitled to their beliefs.

    Conscientious objects are entirely entitled to their beliefs, and there would be nothing served by jailing innocent, harmless people. That would just be a hateful, prejudicial thing to do. People have a right to be conscientious objectors and in fact they are what they are, so it would be as useful as jailing people because they have blue eyes.

  • We are entitled to our philosophical and moral beliefs

    Just because someone does not wish to join the military does not make them a criminal or traitor. It would constitute oppression if we were to imprison conscientious objectors. I identify myself as a conscientious objector, even though my reasons for not wanting to join the armed forces are more philosophical than religious or moral. People who enter the armed forces are expected to surrender their individuality, their values, etc. and adopt the identity of a soldier, and when that happens, freedom of conscience is replaced by conformity and obedience. I think Selective Service is too demanding and harsh; people are required to sign up for possible military service and threatened with a quarter of a million-dollar fine and/or five years in federal prison if they do not. Those sanctions are excessive. People should only sign up for military service if they wish to join, not because the law forces them to.


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