It is all too easy for the state to become an idol, yet duty to humanity can sometimes outweigh obedience to the authorities, says Savi Hensman. The conscience case of atheist Michael Lyons is one that should cause Christians, among others, to think.
In spite of a global trend to better recognize the right to conscientious objection – which is marked with an International Day on 15 May – those who refuse military service are often discriminated against, persecuted, punished and imprisoned says a new study
A programme which examines the bravery and the Christian faith of conscientious objectors, will be screened tonight on Channel 4. It is the latest episode in the series Not Forgotten, presented by Ian Hislop, which looks at the stories behind the names on First World War memorials.