U.S. Army Honors Soldiers Beliefs
A U.S. soldier who reportedly told the Army that his Christian beliefs compelled him to love his enemy as opposed to kill them, was granted conscientious objector status earlier this week.
The soldier was discharged by the Army due to his newfound beliefs not to kill others, no matter what the circumstance.
Captain Peter Brown served in Iraq for more than a year and graduated from West Point.
According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, Brown was relieved when the Army recognized and honored that his beliefs made it impossible to continue in the war.
“In following Jesus’ example, I could not have fired my weapon at another human being, even if he were shooting at me,” explained Brown.
During his time in Iraq, Brown processed insurgents and detainees.
Christian Beliefs Conflict with Duty
Brown’s beliefs didn’t interfere with his position regarding religion and the military service until after he graduated from West Point and began to study scripture.
When he was deployed to Iraq he applied for discharge as a conscientious objector but was denied.
Shortly after the denial, the NYCLU and the American Civil Liberties Union asked the federal court to order the honorable discharge to Brown.
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