Should Conscientious Objectors be permitted in the military?
I believe this to be a fair question, after all conscientious objectors have been around since the founding of this country. Consider the fact that conscientious objector is one who opposes participation in military service, on the basis of religious, philosophical, or political belief; hence, they will not enter the military. Our historical roots with respect to the Quakers they did not participate in military service because of their religious beliefs; however, they were the ones who consistently performed fundraisers of sorts in order to help the cause of freedom and independence, of which they were an integral part.
What is the purpose and objective of the Military? As you guessed it, the purpose is to perform military actions and to make war against a believed or perceived enemy. To conquer the enemy and then, in essence, subject the conquered to new leadership and government.
Although, nowadays, people join up with the military in order to obtain the benefits, knowing full well that at some point in time they may be called upon to protect and defend the nation. The oaths to office for both Officers and Enlisted are essentially the same in this respect: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” Yet, time and again, when called upon to do so these people all of a sudden claim conscientious objector status. Why then did they enter into military service if they morally or religiously are opposed to such service?
Do not get me wrong, I applaud them for their stance – which is their right to take. However, you cannot join the military with the understanding that you may be called upon to perform your primary objective and when called upon to do so you are all of a sudden morally and religiously opposed to such a thing. hmmmmmm…is that what they call a born again conscientious objector?
The numbers are, in fact, small as you hardly hear of them; but whenever a military action is about to get underway that is when people are opposed to doing their job for which they were trained. You really have to wonder what they were thinking.