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Registration for Selective Service

1980 General Resolution

WHEREAS, both Houses of the United States Congress have voted to fund draft registration; and

WHEREAS, previous General Assemblies of the Unitarian Universalist Association have passed resolutions which have:

  1. Affirmed that the settlement of international conflicts by war is inconsistent with our commitments under the Charter of the United Nations; and
  2. Urged that the Selective Service System be abolished and replaced by an all-volunteer force; and
  3. Opposed the resumption of draft registration and conscription; and

WHEREAS, registration for the Selective Service System is a first step toward resumption of military conscription and represents a further move toward militarizing our society and is evidence of a growing reliance on military responses to world conflict situations;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1980 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association call upon its societies to establish, support, and encourage educational and counseling programs, so that all men and women may make informed decisions regarding registration for the draft and the option of conscientious objection or non-violent civil disobedience, with particular concern for those forced to consider military service by pressures of economic or racial discrimination.

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