Quaker sues Feds over draft registration
A young Washington state man has sued the U.S. government because the draft registration form has no place to show conscientious objector status.
Tobin Jacobrown, 21, of Indianola, a practicing Quaker, is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in the District of Columbia, The Washington Post reported…
The military draft was abolished in 1973, but young men are still required to register in case Congress brings it back.
Jacobrown said he refused to fill out the forms. That means he cannot get a job with the U.S. government or receive federal student aid.
“A big part of my religion is not submitting to any system that you feel is unjust,” Jacobrown said. “And I think this is unjust.”
American newspapers really hate to make it clear that religious grounds are NOT REQUIRED to win conscientious objector status.
One of the important cases won during the resistance to the VietNam War – that went all the way to the Supreme Court – allowed that you could reach your objection to participating in war as a political solution without committing to religious ideology.
Not that I think the present Supreme Court would support that kind of free thought.