Conscientious objection to military service is the natural outworking of opposition to war and violence the history of pacifism pacifism has a long history dating back at least to the first century and the teachings of jesus.
With particular focus on conscription, professor martin ceadal discusses instances of pacifism and conscientious objection during world war one in britain, the us, canada and new zealand.
Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism by mark derby as long as new zealand has been involved in wars, people have objected to fighting in them for political, religious or philosophical reasons. A conscientious objector is an individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion in some countries, conscientious objectors are assigned to an alternative civilian service as a substitute for conscription or military service some conscientious objectors consider themselves pacifist, non-interventionist. Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism story: conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism as long as new zealand has been involved in wars, people have objected to fighting in them for political, religious or philosophical reasons.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today -- president john f kennedy pacifism is the opposition to war and/or violence.
Conscientious objection to conscription during both the first and second world wars people could apply to be exempted from conscription as a conscientious objector – on political, religious or philosophical grounds.
Conscientious objection sydney b curry refused to sign his particulars of recruit based on his status as a conscientious objector curry identified himself as a christadelphian, a small religious sect formed in the nineteenth century that professed conscientious objection to war based on moral and religious grounds. Pacifism and conscientious objection in the united states have been moral issues that have fallen under question due to the belief of the participants that killing, war, and the act of violence is wrong and immoral.
A conscientious objector refuses to engage in military service or go to war because doing so would conflict with deeply held personal beliefs these can be based on religious conviction or experience, or moral and ethical considerations. While pacifism covers a wide range of views the most common opinion of the conscientious objectors was that war as well as any other force or coercion was morally and ethically wrong and that international disputes should be peacefully resolved.