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Saying No to War: Stephen Funk Becomes One of the Country's First Conscientious Objectors Since the Iraq Invasion

April 04, 2003


Stephen Funk surrendered to military authorities on Tuesday and declared himself a conscientious objector. The 20 year-old Marine reservist had been on unauthorized absence for weeks after refusing to report when called up to active duty.

The Marines have assigned him to desk duty in San Jose while his case proceeds.

Funk enlisted last February when he was 19 and living on his own for the first time. Since his training he has gone to every major antiwar rally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is the first American conscientious objector from the Iraq invasion.

We are joined now by Stephen Funk and his lawyer, Stephen Collier.

  • Stephen Funk, the 20 year-old Marine reservist in California who declared himself a conscientious objector.
  • Stephen Collier, lawyer for Stephen Funk the 20-year-old Marine reservist in California who declared himself a conscientious objector.