Soldier Sues Army for Conscientious Objector Status

October 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: AP,5230,0,0,1,0

A Malaysian citizen who became a U.S. soldier sued the Army on Friday seeking discharge as a conscientious objector, claiming his Buddhist-Taoist beliefs prevent him from being involved in killing.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Army Spc. Calvin Chee Keong Lee, 26, applied for release earlier this year after finding out that his unit would be deployed to Iraq.

The U.S. Army denied the application in August, finding that Lee had not presented convincing evidence that his religious beliefs warranted conscientious objector status.