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Oops. He didn’t realize that he would actually have to fight.

September 2, 2010

This made me laugh.

Naser Abdo, a US soldier, wants to declare conscientious objector status based on his religion.  He’s a Muslim.  (via FoxNews)

“Islam is a peaceful religion, it’s not a religion of warfare,” Abdo said. “And it’s not a religion of terror. As a Muslim, we stand against injustice, we stand against discrimination, and I feel it’s my duty as an individual to do this.”

Does he really think that this will work?  The article states that approximately 1% of the US Military is Muslim.  Being a Muslim is an impediment to being a soldier?  Seriously?  I don’t think so.  He does know that Muslim nations have armies, right?  And he did know, when he joined the Army ONE YEAR AGO, that the US military was fighting in two Muslim countries?  Didn’t he?

Actually, you should click the link above and read the entire article.  What he really seems to be worried about is that, if he is killed in Afghanistan, he won’t go to heaven.

Military duties have really consumed every part of my day and did not allow me time to involve myself with the Islamic community to maintain what duties I felt that I owed God. This is really what made me come to the conclusion that I’m not ready to die….

Yeah.  That’s not being a conscientious objector.  That’s being scared.

Update:

A commenter on the FoxNews article has a perfect response.  This is exactly what should happen:

rightocenter

Return all bonuses paid in full. No GI Bill, no VA benefits, no signing cash, and a ban from Federal service for two years. General Discharge with no upgrade option to Honorable. Pack his bags and escort him off base, he can pay for his own ticket home. Put his name on a watch list to ensure he doesn’t fly to any known countries that harbor terrorists, just in case he was getting training in our tactics to more effectively combat American Troops. Keep him on the list for as long as he is banned from Federal Service. Other than that, let him out. I’m our soldiers don’t want him serving with them in a combat zone, especially if he objects to violence against other muslims. That would just make him a liability in a fire fight.

Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 11:36 AM

5 Comments leave one →
  1. muslima permalink
    September 3, 2010 6:59 pm

    Explain to me then WHY does the clause for conscientious objectors exist in the military in the first place. Doesn’t EVERY soldier, Muslim or not, know that he might have to fight?

    “…conscientious objectors — defined by Army Regulation 600-43 as a person who is “sincerely opposed, because of religious or deeply held moral or ethical (not political, philosophical, or sociological) beliefs, to participating in war in any form”

    “The Army recognizes that even in our all-volunteer force, a soldier’s moral, ethical or religious beliefs may change over time,” an Army statement read”

  2. Michele permalink*
    September 3, 2010 8:38 pm

    He has to establish that he is opposed to war “in any form.” Not just war in Afghanistan. Not just war in a Muslim county. Conscientious objectors are opposed to war in any form, anywhere, at any time.

    He is not a conscientious objector. He doesn’t want to fight against Muslims.

    He is a soldier planning to disobey orders and all of the appropriate consequences should be applied.

  3. muslima permalink
    September 4, 2010 2:59 am

    My question again is: doesn’t EVERY SINGLE soldier know that he may “actually have to fight” so why have this clause…and his point of view that YOU quoted above (“Islam is a peaceful religion, it’s not a religion of warfare. And it’s not a religion of terror. As a Muslim, we stand against injustice, we stand against discrimination, and I feel it’s my duty as an individual to do this. Military duties have really consumed every part of my day and did not allow me time to involve myself with the Islamic community to maintain what duties I felt that I owed God. This is really what made me come to the conclusion that I’m not ready to die….”) DO NOT mention Afghanistan. He also said “The conclusion I came to is that I can’t participate in the U.S. military, including any war it’s involved in or any war it will be involved in in the future,” he said. NOTE: ANY war NOT war in Afghanistan. “J.E. McNeill, an attorney and executive director of the Center on Conscience and War, a Washington-based group that defends the rights of conscientious objectors, said … on the surface, it appears Abdo’s case meets the standard for conscientious objector status.”

  4. September 4, 2010 4:44 am

    When I was younger and approached a recruiter about joining up to be an army engineer, I was rather turned off by his insincerity and insistence that “this is Canada; we’re not going anywhere to fight anytime soon.” We were in Afghanistan at the time.

    That being said, why should a conscientious objector have to oppose war at any time and anywhere? Why can a conscientious objector simply not oppose particular acts of war on ethical and or moral grounds?

  5. Michele permalink*
    September 4, 2010 10:41 am

    A member of the US Armed Forces who declares conscientious objector status has to be opposed to all war because that is the definition used by the Armed Forces.

    He’s perfectly free to call himself a conscientious objector to the war in Afghanistan but he must meet the military’s criteria in order to use it as a reason to avoid deployment.

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