NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who said his Christian beliefs compelled him to love his enemies, not kill them, has been granted conscientious objector status and honorably discharged, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday.
Capt. Peter Brown -- who served in Iraq for more than a year and was a graduate of the elite U.S. military academy West Point -- said in a statement issued by the New York Civil Liberties Union that he was relieved the Army had recognized his beliefs made it impossible for him to serve.
As I learned on Ken Burn's The War a week or two ago, conscientious objectors served during WWII--as medics, and in similar positions. Granted, this man is a captain, so being a medic isn't an appropriate position for him, but it seems there are plenty of things he could do short of leaving the army. Let's not forget, he got a free 4-year education from that same army.
Brown said he had no conflict between his faith and military service until after he graduated from West Point in 2004 and began to study scripture and his belief.
I stand by my previous statement. It's almost as if we're not taking this war seriously.