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Subj: Re: Without clarification I think we have to gop with the standard definition of draft...
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 08:47:47 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Without clarification I think we have to gop with the standard definition of draft...
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 05:02:45 pm EDT
> > > ...they can be drafted much the way you or I would be. In other words they would have to answer the call like any otrher citizen if a draft is instituted.
> > I don't know about where you live, but here in the UK, as a citizen I can choose not to accept a military call up under the terms of Conscientious Objection, especially since there would be unlikely to be an actual legally declared war to justify a draft.
> Here you can object...but that may mean jail time etc...but a War has to be agreed upon by Congress AND the President...and then they have to decide to ALSO call for a draft.
> There are penalties for not responding to the draft...it's part of being a citizen here. Now the likelihood is very low.
The U.S. also has Conscientious Objector status; it's just that you have to do some sort of service for a similar term to maintain it. Members of religions that oppose military service -- like the pacifist Quakers and the anti-government-service Jehovah's Witnesses -- have the best shot at this. After 1971, religious conviction was not the only acceptable reasoning, but it's still rather tough to prove a legitimate C.O. claim without it.
Me, I'm wondering what superhuman Conscientious Objectors would look like, myself. The real life versions served in medical, agricultural, and engineering projects, but some powers might not be terribly useful for such stuff. More to the point, I doubt 22 pages a month of Luke Cage helping build bridges or Daredevil working as a candy-striper at Walter Reed would sell too well....
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