This case is very close in its essentials to Negre v. Larson, 400 U.S. -, decided March 8, 1971. The Church to which that registrant belonged favored "just" wars and provided guidelines to define them. The Church did not oppose the war in Vietnam but the registrant refused to comply with an order to go to Vietnam because participating in that conflict would violate his conscience. The Court refused to grant him relief as a conscientious objector, overruling his constitutional claim.
Douglas, W.O. Justice Douglas, Opinion, Clay v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971). Box 367, Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.