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Fall 2016 issue of On Watch now online

The Fall 2016 issue of On Watch (PDF) is now available for the general public.

Contents:

  • New Military Transgender Policy
  • 2016 NLG Convention Report
  • GI Rights Network Conference 2016
  • Chelsea Manning Update
  • Announcements

Spring 2016 issue of On Watch now online

The Spring 2016 issue of On Watch is now available for the general public.

On Watch Spring 2016 Vol. XXVII No. 2

Contents:

Trends in Conscientious Objector Cases
Maria Santelli

Hobby Lobby and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: New Arguments for Military Conscientious Objectors?
Deborah Karpatkin and Peter Goldberger

Cushing v. Tetter: Still a Good Tool in the Box
Alison Carter

It Is Time to Abolish Draft Registration and Restore Full Rights to People of Conscience
Maria Santelli and Bill Galvin

Announcements

Hobby Lobby and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: new arguments for military Conscientious Objectors?[1]

By Deborah Karpatkin and Peter Goldberger

This article was published in the Spring 2016 issue of On Watch. 

Much has been written about the Hobby Lobby cases, both before and after those important June 2014 Supreme Court decisions.[2]  Those favoring robust enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), and full access to reproductive services under the ACA, were understandably concerned by the Court’s ruling that the individually held sincere religious beliefs of the owners of private corporations would allow the corporations to avoid providing contraceptive services to their employees and the employees’ dependents, notwithstanding the requirements of the ACA regulations.  Those concerned about legal protections for religious liberty looked to the cases for their favorable decision on whether closely-held, for-profit corporations would to enjoy “free exercise” rights under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”)[3] based on their owners’ sincere religious beliefs.

Trends in Conscientious Objector Cases

By Maria Santelli, Center on Conscience and War

Published in the Spring 2016 issue of On Watch.

It’s called the Conscience Committee and it is a committee of the Army.  It is not clear exactly who they are or what defines the bar they have set, but if you apply for recognition as a conscientious objector in Israel, they will be deciding your fate.

As I listened to a panel of “Refusniks” (draft and war resisters in Israel) on a speaking tour in the US, I felt as though they were recounting pieces of the story of conscientious objection in the United States 100 years ago.

I felt grateful for the substantial advancements we have made in extending and defending the rights of conscientious objectors in the US. Also, though, I considered the significant work still ahead of us.

The Center on Conscience & War has worked with Conscientious Objectors (COs) for over 75 years. Over the course of those many years, we have observed trends of both accommodation and repression of conscientious objection. Recently, our office has experienced a sharp rise in cases from members of the military seeking discharge as COs. At the same time, we are observing – and COs are experiencing – troubling and unexpected events and consequences at the decision-making levels of the different military branches.

Winter 2016 issue of On Watch now online

The new issue of On Watch is now available for members of MLTF, subscribers and friends.

On Watch Winter 2016 Vol. XXVII No. 1

  •  Women in Combat: A historical and political analysis of “change” in the U.S. Armed Forces by
    Kathy Johnson and David Gespass
  • Military Sexual Assault Policy Updates by Kathleen Gilberd
  • MLTF Resources on Military Sexual Violence
  • When the Mother’s Military Status Punishes the Child (FERES doctrine) by Deborah Karpatkin
  • The Military after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by Jeff Lake
  • Announcements

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