Just a few days ago, we heard about how 64-year-old Margaret Doughty was being denied citizenship in America because she was an atheist.
Part of the citizenship application asked her if she would “take up arms in defense of the United States.” She answered:
… The truth is that I would not be willing to bear arms. Since my youth I have had a firm, fixed and sincere objection to participation in war in any form or in the bearing of arms. I deeply and sincerely believe that it is not moral or ethical to take another person’s life, and my lifelong spiritual/religious beliefs impose on me a duty of conscience not to contribute to warfare by taking up arms… my beliefs are as strong and deeply held as those who possess traditional religious beliefs and who believe in God…
In short, she was an atheist whose moral beliefs did not allow her to fight in a war.
Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) told her that if she had a “conscientious objection,” it had to be on religious grounds and not moral ones.
There’s finally good news to report:
Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) took action on this and his office sent Doughty a wonderful response earlier today: