For the first time in six decades, any new U.S. citizen can decline to pledge to go to war

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has clarified the situations under which new American citizens may avoid pledging to go to war, extending the right to nonreligious people.

Though a 1946 Supreme Court case had previously allowed a Seventh Day Adventist to become a citizen despite his refusal to fight, the new rules decouple conscientious objection from religious beliefs. While pacifist religious affiliations will still be accepted as a reason for...

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