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Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Posted by doctore0 on June 21, 2013

Update

Margaret Doughty, an atheist and legal resident whose application for U.S. citizenship was nearly rejected this month over her non-religious opposition to war, will become a naturalized citizen next week, the blog Divided Under God first reported on Thursday.

According to Divided Under God, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to retract a demand that Doughty show proof “on official church stationery” that her stated conscientious objector status was a function of her being a “member in good standing” of a pacifist religious group. Here’s the text of a letter she received from her congressional Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who intervened in the matter:

“This Service hereby withdraws the request for evidence (RFE) issued on June 7, 2013. This Service accepts your detailed statement in satisfaction of the information requested by the RFE. Your application for naturalization has been approved.”
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One Response to “Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied”

  1. Mordanicus said

    Why shouldn’t one be a pacifist without church?

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