Law: Bearing Witness

The right not to work is upheld

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares.

—Isaiah 2:4

To Eddie Thomas, a Jehovah's Witness, his new job seemed "a grave contradiction." He had been a steelworker in East Chicago, Ind. But in 1975 his employer, the Blaw-Knox Foundry & Machinery Co., eliminated his job and transferred him to an assembly line turning out tank turrets. Jehovah's Witnesses are not strict pacifists, but they believe in taking up arms only in a holy war for Jehovah. Since the firm had no nonmilitary jobs to offer, Thomas felt...

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