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  •  Clergy exemption (none)

    -- Ministers are exempted from service.
    -- Ministerial students are deferred from service until they complete their studies.

    It looks like the Roman Catholic Church's priest shortage will be solved...the seminary appears to be an excellent draft shelter.  

    To the theocrats out there:  when your churches pay taxes and your young ministers and seminarians have to choose between CO status and joining the Army like the rest of us, come back to me about writing God into the Constitution.  

    •  Mail order clergy? (none)
      If you get an ordination certificate and card from some mail-order or internet 'church', will that count? I know lots of people who are now 'ministers' because they wanted to do a marriage ceremony for friends. I used to have one myself, from the "Church of Gospel Ministry" in Chula Vista, California. If I recall correctly, it was advertised in Rolling Stone magazine.

      But I still got a card and certificate that identified me as 'reverend'. And the ID card passed muster to get me into a dorm at an all-girls Catholic school. But that's another story.

      Seems this route might be a good one to take, but I don't know what the law reads.

      "Don't play the rumba, and don't play the samba, 'cause papa loves mambo tonight!"

      by Chilufya on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 07:07:39 AM PDT

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