Accession Number : AD1022926

Title :   Thou Shalt Not Kill: Conscientious Objection and the Decalogue

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Command And Staff College Mawell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Anderson,Richard G

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Report Date : 01 Apr 2012

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : As supporters of the First Amendment, military chaplains have the distinct privilege oftending to the garden of the soul of America's military personnel and their families.Consequently, chaplains often times encounter people who hold convictions against the use of force. These individuals are commonly referred to as conscientious objectors (CO).Chaplains interview applicants for CO status, and although they do not make any recommendation, chaplains do submit a report chronicling their conclusions. This essay explores the Decalogue, specifically the sixth commandment, in order to ascertain if the imperative, Thou shalt not kill, can serve as a reasonable foundation for the firm, fixed and sincere belief'' of the CO.

Descriptors :   chaplains , christianity , judgment , killing , military personnel , homicide

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Humanities and History
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE