What is Conscientious Objection?
Generally, conscientious objection (CO) is a sincere conviction, motivated by conscience, that forbids someone from participation in war. This objection may apply to all forms or to particular aspects of war.
The Selective Service defines a conscientious objector as “one who is opposed to serving in the armed forces and/or bearing arms on the grounds of moral or religious principles.”
Common questions about and resources for COs
- What types of conscientious objectors are recognized by federal law?
- Can people in the MILITARY become conscientious objectors?
- If there is a draft, how do I become a conscientious objector?
- Links with more CO resources
- US Catholic Conference of Bishops Statement on Conscientious Objection
- Read a Copy of a Live Chat with CAMILO MEJIA, Conscientious Objector to the Iraq War
- Contact CPF to do a workshop in your area