Ad­vo­cacy Dur­ing the World Wars in Bri­tain, Aus­tralia and Canada

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Aus­tralia, Canada, and Bri­tain of­fered prob­a­bly the best con­di­tions for Ad­ven­tists on the is­sue of con­scrip­tion. The Bri­tish law pro­vided that cit­i­zens con­sci­en­tiously op­posed to en­gag­ing in war­fare might be as­signed non­com­bat­ant work.

Here the Bri­tish Ad­ven­tists ex­pe­ri­enced lit­tle dif­fi­culty in be­ing as­signed to the Non­com­bat­ant Corps. Their big­gest prob­lems arose over re­fusal to do un­nec­es­sary or rou­tine work on the Sab­bath. How­ever, the men would risk a six­month prison sen­tence rather than carry out an or­der to work on Satur­day. And those Bri­tish non­com­bat­ants sen­tenced to prison were sup­posed to serve their sen­tence in a civil­ian in­sti­tu­tion.110

By the grace of God, the Aus­tralian Ad­ven­tists had won recog­ni­tion of their non­com­bat­ant prin­ci­ples as early as 1911, when the Com­mon­wealth’s De­fense Act was be­ing amended. Sim­i­larly, the church in Canada, ar­ranged for both non­com­bat­ant ser­vice and ex­emp­tion from Sab­bath drill and work for Ad­ven­tist sol­diers.111

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