The Centurian's Guild, a community of current and former servicemen that emphasizes the exercising of conscience in war, has compiled an interesting list of articles on the upcoming Truth Commission on Conscience in War and conservative/liberal opposition.
- Oppose Afghanistan But Not a Pacifist? Tough
- Truth Commission on Conscience in War
- Reinvigorating the Discourse on Just War and Pacifism
- The Invisible Moral Consciences of Those in the Armed Forces
- Encouraging Informed Freedom of Conscience on Questions of War
- Conservative Christian Leader Attacks Commission on Conscience in War
- Five points about the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
- The Religious Right Supports the Troops! … As Long As Soldiers Keep Quiet
Though I am a pacifist and thus differ from these guys somewhat, I applaud them for sparking this ethical debate and support their call for selective conscientious objection to be recognized as a legitimate stance. I don't know about you, but I see considerable scope for pacifists and just war advocates to align against the moral relativism of total war, that is, the current status quo. Think carefully, where do you stand on selective conscientious objection? Would you fight for it to be legalized?