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United States v. Seeger

United States Supreme Court
380 U.S. 163 (1965)


Facts

The Universal Military Training and Service Act (UMTSA) exempts from combatant training and service in the armed forces those persons who are conscientiously opposed to participation in war in any form because of religious beliefs. Seeger (defendant) did not identify with a particular orthodox religious sect, but conscientiously objected to participation in the war based on his own belief. Seeger stated that he possessed a religious faith in an ethical creed that does not permit his participation in war. Seeger was convicted by the United States government for refusing to submit to the draft for the armed services. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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