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A Case on Conscientious Objection

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A Case on Conscientious Objection
Date of this edition 1972
Permission public domain
Posted 1998 by Jonah Winters
Formatted 1998 by Ralph D. Wagner
Classified in Legal/gov't. Documents
Abstract In 1972, a Bahá'í — previously convicted of failing to submit to induction (the draft) — was acquitted on appeal.
Notes Text taken from "Westlaw," a commercial database published by the West Publishing Company. To comply with copyright law, any annotations have been deleted, leaving the original public-domain text.

Hanson failed to follow the policy of the US National Spiritual Assembly in two respects. First, as he admits, Bahá'ís are expected to apply for I-A-O classification (noncombatant military service), rather than I-O (civilian alternative service). Second, Bahá'ís are expected to accept combatant service if their applications for noncombatant status are rejected. [-R.D.W.]

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