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Conscientious Objectors Still Have Role

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – It was controversial during the years of the Vietnam War and the draft -- men who claimed conscientious objector status to avoid going to war. Even though the military is voluntary today, religious leaders say it's still appropriate for people to reflect on war and their potential role.

The issue of conscientious objection will be explored later Thursday at the Chautauqua Institution.

Chautauqua was where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once delivered his "I hate war speech." And that's why organizers say the Institution is the appropriate venue to hold a deliberation on conscientious objection.

Jack Gilroy is former U.S. Army Infantryman who is now an author, peace activist and speaker. He's one of the leaders of Thursday's discussion.

You can hear Mark Scott's discussion with Gilroy by clicking the "Listen" icon above.