The Constitution: The Conscientious Nonbeliever

For Selective Service authorities in New York and Justice Department officials in Washington, Daniel Seeger presented a baffling problem. A New Yorker of draft age, Seeger claimed exemption as a conscientious objector, but he was an unusual sort of c.o. Although raised in a Roman Catholic family (two of his uncles became priests), he was a self-styled agnostic who refused to say he believed in a Supreme Being. The Selective Service Act makes it unmistakably clear that no one is to be exempted from the draft as a c.o. unless he holds...

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