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With the commencement of hostilities in Europe and WWII, the Adventist Church in Canada clearly expressed its conscientious position while demonstrating respect for government authorities as being ordained by God. As with Sabbath keeping, requests for noncombatant roles met similar resistance. The Church urged the Canadian military to provide a noncombatant medic option and other noncombatant options for Adventists and other likeminded objectors.
This refusal to work on Friday nights or Saturdays has resulted in workplace discrimination for many Adventists. While some members have accepted this as part of their lot in maintaining the beliefs and practices of the Adventist faith, other members have chosen to take a stand against discrimination. Since the Charter became law in 1982, the Adventist Church has been proactive in participating in numerous cases advocating for religious freedom.