Friends are exhorted to adhere faithfully to [our] testimony against all wars and fightings, and in no way to unite with any warlike measure such as a Selective Service Draft or Universal Military Training . . . A living concern having been expressed that Friends’ practices be consistent with their professions, Friends are urged:
1. To support Young Friends and others who express their opposition to conscription either by non-registration, or by registration as conscientious objectors. We warmly approve civil disobedience under Divine compulsion . . .
2. To recognize that the military system is not consistent with Christ’s example of redemptive love, and that participation, even in a non-combatant capacity, weakens the testimony of our whole Society. . .
3. To extend our religious concern and assistance to all conscientious objectors . . .
4. To avoid engaging in any trade, business, or profession directly contributing to the military system . . .
5. To consider carefully the implication of paying [taxes], a major portion of which goes for military purposes.
6. To ask our Quaker schools and colleges to refuse to accept military training units or contracts . . .
7. To create a home and family atmosphere in which ways of love and reconciliation are so central . . .
8. To help develop the institutions, methods, and attitudes necessary to a harmonious and peaceful world . . .
We realize that the basic task in peacemaking is to fill the spiritual void in our civilization by replacing the fear that now cripples all our efforts with a faith in the Eternal Power by which God unites and sustains those who pursue His Will . . .
In humility and repentance for past failures, we call upon all Friends . . . to examine our possessions, to see if there be any seed of war in them . . .
[Complete text is at: https://westernfriend.org/media/richmond-anti-draft-declaration]
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