Originally posted by darvlay
He was arrested, you ninny. And let's hope that one day the U.S. never has to invoke the draft again, especially not to fight in such a senseless war like the one in Vietnam. Just remember, the rights and freedoms of the people in the United States does not include the right to refuse to engage in armed combat even if it goes against your core beliefs as a ...[text shortened]... tement you made would absolutely sicken John Lennon.
ALI FOREVER. THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.
Darvlay: Just remember, the rights and freedoms of the people in the United States does not include the right to refuse to engage in armed combat even if it goes against your core beliefs as an individual.
Actually it does. There are exemptions for conscientious objectors. And Ali's conviction for refusing to serve was thrown out by the US Supreme Court.
EDIT: "Nothing contained in this title shall be construed to require any person to he subject to combatant training and service in the armed forces of the United Slates who, by reason of religious training and belief, is conscientiously opposed to participation in wsr in any form. . . the term `religious training and belief' does not include essentially politicsl, sociologicsl, or philosophicxl views, or a merely personal moral code. Any person. . . whose claim is sustained by the local board shall, if he is inducted into the armed forces. . . be assigned to noncombatant service. . . or shall, if he is found to be conscientiously opposed to participation in such noncombatant service. . .perform ... civilian work contributing to the maintenance of the nxtional health, safety, or interest. . . "-Section 6(j) of the Military Selective Service Act.
This page gives an overview and make a good case that the availability of CO status is an established right, not merely a decision of the legislature that may be changed. http://www.scn.org/IP/sdmcc/co.htm