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Conscientious Objection: Why Did They Refuse To Fight?

From Providence Friends Meeting…

Inspired Pasta & Peace Talks

a series of monthly talks at Providence Friends Meeting, FREE and open to the public

Conscientious Objection: Why Did They Refuse To Fight?

Join us on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Providence Meeting for the fifth in the series

12:30 INSPIRED PASTA lunch by Francesco Bellini

1:00 INSPIRED PEACE PANEL featuring Allen Bacon, John Braxton, and Jose Vasquez*

*For more information on these remarkable people see our


Three conscientious objectors from three different generations and wars (World War II, Vietnam and Iraq) will share their unique and inspiring stories of conscience-led action. Why did they refuse to go to war? In the face of enormous pressure to do otherwise, what led them to do what they did? In every war, there have been Conscientious Objectors. For religious or ethical reasons, they take very seriously the injunction “Thou shalt not kill.” Why do some people examine their convictions and then refuse to become soldiers, despite broad popular support for military engagement? Come hear the powerful stories of the panel and understand what led each of them to reject a belief in violent combat, whether before, during, or following a war.

For more information: www.providencemeeting.org/pasta-peace

Sponsored by the Peace and Social Action Committee of Providence Meeting.

Providence Friends Meeting

105 North Providence Road, Media, PA

If this event interests you, you would probably also be interested in the Resources on Conscientious Objection in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.