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All-male draft upheld

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/13/20, 04:09 pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled it lacks the authority to reverse a 1981 Supreme Court decision declaring the all-male military draft constitutional. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiff, the National Coalition for Men, that “the factual underpinning of the controlling Supreme Court decision has changed,” but noted that only the high court can overturn its own precedent. The coalition won its case in Texas last year, leading to an appeal that ended in Thursday’s ruling.

What happens now? “All I can tell you is we will be moving the case forward,” coalition President Harry Crouch said. Other cases in the judicial system also target the male-only draft. In one case, a woman and her daughter sought to register for the selective service. Their attorney, Roy Den Hollander, removed himself from the case in 2019. But last month, he was suspected in a shooting at the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who presided over the case. Salas’ husband was wounded, and their 20-year-old son died. The FBI later found Den Hollander dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Sift about the Texas judge’s ruling last year.

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Seth Johnson

Seth is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a journalism student at Bob Jones University. Seth resides in Indianapolis, Ind.

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    Posted: Fri, 08/14/2020 02:27 pm

    "In one case, a woman and her daughter sought to register for the selective service." If they truly wanted to be drafted into the military, why not join outright in the all-volunteer force we have right now? Their protest is just a show. I think their case is made further questionable by the behavior of the attorney they chose to represent them.

    As for men who protest the all-male military draft, I think of Peter's protest to Jesus, regarding John, "Lord, what about him?" (In this case, it's "what about her?")  -- John 21:20-21

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Fri, 08/14/2020 02:39 pm

    If you think outside the box about it, the Draft is a form of slavery. Draftees are forced "labor." They are forced to live where they are ordered to live, how to dress and wear their hair, forced into combat where they are forced to kill and liable to be killed or wounded.

    Why? The cult (or religion) of nationalism. Gotta kill and die for the nation's interests.  And typically, the enslaved military draftees (say, in the Vietnam conflict), were in the lower socio-economic strata.

    Right now the military does not want the draft. High technology warfare demands technical skills, not cannon fodder.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 08/17/2020 09:29 am

    The reality is that freedom is not free and it takes the blood of its young men to maintain it. The next world war will likely be with China and Russia and we will need to call up our young men to protect this land. The world will be split and we will need the draft to call up enough men to win the war. Brave men don't shirk their responsibility but respond to the call. It isn't something they want to do but they see that their country needs them in the desperate time. Real Christian men will bravely go and fight to save their country like the men of old in World War 2.