Quaker sues over draft registration

July 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A young Washington state man has sued the U.S. government because the draft registration form has no place to show conscientious objector status.

Tobin Jacobrown, 21, of Indianola, a practicing Quaker, is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in the District of Columbia, The Washington Post reported.

Jacobrown says U.S. law requires the Selective Service System to recognize those who object to war or military service on religious or moral grounds.

The military draft was abolished in 1973, but young men are still required to register in case Congress brings it back.

Jacobrown said he refused to fill out the forms. That means he cannot get a job with the U.S. government or receive federal student aid.

"A big part of my religion is not submitting to any system that you feel is unjust," Jacobrown said. "And I think this is unjust."

Dan Amon, a spokesman for Selective Service, said conscientious objectors can raise their beliefs before a draft board if conscription is revived.

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