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We provide legal services to those suffering religious discrimination, regardless of your religious belief or affiliation. We especially seek those willing to advance the law by making a long term commitment to engaging in trials and appeals. This is known as “impact litigation” because it helps to change, and hopefully strengthen the law.

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Military Service

The following information may be helpful for individuals currently serving or considering enlistment in the United States armed forces and for those concerned about conscientious objection and religious liberty in the military.  

We would recommend that those who are considering enlistment contact Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries at the North American Division for information regarding religious accommodation.  (www.adventistchaplains.org)

The Conscientious Objector - The Story of Desmond Doss

So what do you do with a soldier who won't train on Saturday, eat meat, or carry a gun or bayonet? Doss' commanding officer knew what to do.

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Read Actual Armed Forces Contracts and Documents

Links to official and editorial documents clarifying armed forces contracts.

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General Information About the Military

The Seventh-day Adventist Church strongly counsels its members to consider the possible conflicts over Sabbath and other issues before they enter military service voluntarily.

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A Seventh-day Adventist Call for Peace

This statement was voted during the Spring Meeting of the General Conference Executive Committee on April 18, 2002 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Historical Essay: Why Seventh-day Adventists Cannot Engage in War

Eight reasons why Seventh-day Adventists should object to participating in armed combat.

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Resolutions on Nonviolence and Civil Responsibility from Early General Conference Sessions

A summary of the resolutions made relating to nonviolence and civil responsibility during General Conference Sessions in the late 1800s.

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A Brief History of Seventh-day Adventists in Times of War

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was founded by New England pacifists with intellectual and spiritual roots in the Radical or Anabaptist Reformation.

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