Ted refused to be drafted in the Vietnam War because he disagreed with the Americans needlessly destroying the Vietnamese people. He was in a running battle with the drafting agency. When he became an imposing figure in politics he asked his Church for support in opposing the war, but they refused to give any statement. Much to the horror of his mother, Ted used his political platform to publicly criticize the church and their hypocritical stance and refusal to help those who were dying. He worked for free in Vietnamese refugee camps all night long after full days of work and classes. He got hate mail and was threatened with excommunication, but Ted continued his work passionately, saying that nobody on the planet had the right to cut his soul from God. Liz was very proud and volunteered at the camps with him. She too had never agreed with the Vietnam War.