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In the United States, peace churches are generally designated by the Selective Service as exempt from compulsory military service in the event of a military conscription, also known as a draft. Though the term peace church refers especially to an American context, some governments, such as Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, do not recognize the rights of religious organizations or persons to be exempt from military service. Most Western states do and have varying means by which an objector might be protected from conscription, although the consistency and impartiality of the systems employed by every Western nation, including the United States, have been criticized.

Historic Peace Churches

The Selective Service determines the eligibility for an exemption to military service but maintains no official list of religious groups that ...

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