Saturday, June 22, 2013
Sara Nelson on Huffington Post reports that a British atheist has had her application to become a naturalized U.S. citizen approved – despite refusing to “take up arms to defend the United States.” U.S. authorities had told Margaret Doughty, who has lived in the United States for 30 years, that she would be denied citizenship unless she provided proof that her status as a conscientious objector was a function of her being a “member in good standing” of a pacifist religious group. The 64-year-old had been given until Friday to fulfil the request, but the evidentiary request has been withdrawn and she will be become a naturalized citizen next week, the blog Divided Under God reproted. According to the blog, Doughty’s Congressman Blake Farenthold intervened on her behalf and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services withdrew its request for evidence.