Conscientious Objection in the Constitution

My friend Lee writes on an alternate form of Amendment #2 that was considered in 1789:

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.

I found this discussion culled from the congressional record.

Two votes. If passed, I wonder how long it would stand? Quakers were a major religion in the late 18th century. We could have used more of their spirit as the United States grew and developed. Their Indian policy would have saved many tears.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Conscientious Objection in the Constitution

  1. Liam says:

    Well, Indian policy was really revolutionized in the 1820s and 1830s by folks like Andrew Jackson and a host of land speculators in the old Southwest (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the old Northwest). Revolutionized in the sense that the semi-pretence to law that obtained in the previous period was simply abandoned. King Cotton was the major fuel of this.

    Indian Removal was the precursor American protest cause to Abolition. And it was where American women activists cut their first teeth as a group.

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