Thou Shalt Not Kill: Conscientious Objection and the Decalogue
Air Command And Staff College Mawell AFB United States
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As supporters of the First Amendment, military chaplains have the distinct privilege oftending to the garden of the soul of Americas 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.
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