WHEREAS, The United States Selective Service System has made provisions whereby persons who for reason of religious conviction may be exempted from personal participation in military service, and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations have already established procedures whereby such conscientious objectors to military service may register their objections and be so certified by their denomination, and

WHEREAS, Several conscientious objectors within the Southern Baptist Convention have already availed themselves of such registration;

THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, That the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans, June 13, 1969, reaffirm our position last taken in 1940 that those who for reasons of religious conviction are opposed to military service should be exempted from forced military conscription, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we state that this resolution does not imply approval or support any of citizen who refuses to accept the full obligation of responsible citizenship.


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