The Freedom From Religion Foundation (of which I am proudly a member) has helped a woman in her efforts to become an American citizen. Margaret Doughty was pursuing citizenship through naturalization. She hit a roadblock when the US immigration service tried to claim that she needed to join a church, no other religion was mentioned and she had to be “baptized”, to be considered a valid conscientious objector when it comes to bearing arms for the US.
For the full story, click here: http://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/17987-ffrf-helps-pacifist-atheist-immigrate
It does not surprise me that this was an immigration office in Texas. It may sounds like an unfair stereotype but if there is one thing we can count on, its that religion is much more pernicious in the southern states of the US. This again underlines on how constant vigilance must be kept so we do not lose any freedoms because of creeping theocracy.
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I just signed a petition.
This logger had it up: http://myatheistblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/stand-up-for-margaret-doughty/
Petition is at: http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=442
Texas…I was born there. I thank fate for my not being there anymore. Not that Tn. is much better, but Texas is insane. I think we should give it back to Mexico…