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Thursday, 20 August 2009

The ACLU must be reading my posts again!

Attorneys say a rural North Carolina school district will allow a Quaker peace activist to distribute information to high school students about alternatives to joining the military. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union said that Sally Ferrell's group North Carolina Peace Action now has the same access to the students as military recruiters.

This only makes sense. Even during an all-out mobilization, the military isn't going to be able to accept even half of your typical graduating senior class. That means most students are in need of alternatives to military service. Why not make information about them available?

Apparently somebody is afraid that if students knew what their options were, they wouldn't join the military. Nonsense! Some people are going to join no matter what you tell them, and some, on the same basis, aren't. I'm with the ACLU on this one; or, should I say, for once they are on the side of openness rather than censorship.

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