Everyone Has the Right to Refuse (Pacifism, Registered Denominations and Religious Societies)


The study deals with pacifism in programmes of church denominations and societies acting legally in the Czech Republic and its supposed influence for manning Czech forces by retired ex-servicemen in times of war. During the state of emergency, war danger or even a war, the armed forces will be replenished by retired servicemen that under actual Defence Act are obliged to rejoin the forces. Today, all men, citizens have a legal right to refuse to serve in army. We have an official list of 32 church denominations; all of them have a special policy towards war, defence, and military service. The author asked denominations to reply several questions concerning their attitudes to country defence and military service. Their answers and evaluations present the contents of this article.

Ing. Bohuslav Vlček, Ph.D., born in 1958, in 1982 he graduated from the Military Academy Brno, then he served in various technical positions with the troops. In the years 1988-95 he was in the position of senior officer at the District Command (OVS) Brno-country. From 1995-2006 senior lecturer of the group of peace and wartime manning, Division of the State Defence Management, Institute of Operational and Tactical Studies (ÚOTS) Brno. At this institute he completed his pedagogical schooling in the frame of further education. In the year 2005 he completed the vocational Staff Course Brigade Task Force. In 2008 he defended his Ph.D. thesis with the title of Problems of Activities of Military Administrative Offices during the Mobilization of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic.

Country: Czech Republic


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