Saturday, February 26, 2011

Quaker Sailor Released as Conscientious Objector; Naval Officer Likened Quakers to a Jim Jones Cult

The Christian Post website reports today (February 26, 2011) that the US Navy honorably discharged a religious conscientious objector this week, after he sued the military branch.

Ensign Michael Izbicki, a Quaker, was released from the Navy on February 23, as a result of a two-year battle to be discharged as a conscientious objector.

A recent graduate of the US Naval Academy, Izbicki was in the process of suing the Navy with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for his release.

"We are pleased that the Navy has now followed Federal law and military regulations and respected Michael Izbicki's sincere and deeply held religious beliefs," said Andrew Schneider, executive director of ACLU-CT.

The Navy's investigating officer in the case -- who did not believe that Izbicki was a conscientious objector -- likened Quakers to Jim Jones' cult.

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