Citizenship in the United States

Woman Was Almost Denied Citizenship For Being Athiest

Apparently some of the rules need to be modified…

Think Progress

Margaret Doughty, a 64-year-old British atheist, finally had her U.S. citizenship application approved on Thursday, following a kerfuffle with U.S. immigration officials in which she was told she needed to be religious in order to be a conscientious objector. The U.S. citizenship oath process requires applicants to respond either that they would fight for one’s country or to provide proof of one’s inability to bear arms, due to disability or religious belief.

The current oath in place does not specifically extend the conscientious objectors status to atheists. It does however specifically allow religious conscientious objectors to take a modified oath– one that reflects the applicant’s religious objection to bearing arms on behalf of the U.S.

Without any religious affiliation, Doughty was unable to produce such documentation and thus, was unable to take a modified oath. She was reportedly ordered by the Houston U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which processed her application to either provide “that she was ‘a member in good standing‘ of a nonviolent religious organization or be denied citizenship at her June 21 hearing.”

Doughty reasoned that she should qualify for the status since her “beliefs [to not take another person’s life] are as strong and deeply held as those who possess traditional religious beliefs and who believe in God.” The Freedom From Religious Foundation, who voiced its support for her called the action of the Houston USCIS office which handled her case, “illegal and unconstitutional.” The American Humanist Association, which also supported her cause, noted that the Supreme Court includes secular moral beliefs as a “similar importance” to religious beliefs.

Naturalization laws and the citizenship oath has been around since 1790. But perhaps it is time to rethink the “bear arms” provision, especially when Doughty exceeds the maximum age (42-years-old) to enlist in the military. As Doughty points out the “law would never require a 64 year old woman like myself to bear arms.”

Glenn Beck: Donald Trump Making Me ‘Uncomfortable’

Define irony. 

While Glenn Beck discusses how Donald Trump makes him uncomfortable, imagine the tens of thousands of people the Glenn Beck make feel uncomfortable.  In my opinion , both Beck and Trump are clowns.  Plain and simple assessment to match their plain and simple mentality.

Huffington Post

Glenn Beck told Bill O’Reilly that Donald Trump’s recent comments have been making him “uncomfortable.”

Trump has been in the news lately for his controversial remarks about President Obama. In a widely seen interview on Wednesday, he repeated his claims that Obama may not be a citizen of the United States, and even hinted that the president could be a Muslim.

Speaking to O’Reilly during his weekly “At Your Beck and Call” segment on Friday, Beck said that, while he respected Trump and though he could “economically fix our country,” he didn’t understand why Trump had been making his recent comments.

“I don’t know exactly what that strategy is,” he said. “I’ll tell you what it is,” O’Reilly said. “It’s get attention.”

“But that doesn’t help you,” Beck said. “I could walk around the streets of New York without pants and I could get attention.”

He then said that Trump’s birther talk, as well as his comments about China, had “made me a little uncomfortable recently.” Speaking about the birth certificate he said, “He releases one that’s worse than Obama’s, and then he comes back and says on your program, ‘he might be a Muslim too.’ What does that mean, Bill?!”

Beck concluded, “The last thing the country needs is a showboat…I would hope we could get serious candidates who could shake things up by not saying provocative things, just by stating the truth of what’s going on.”

TSA sued over ‘pat downs’

It was just a matter of time…

America Blog

There are surely many more like this underway or about to be filed. Some people really can be funny when it comes to privacy.

A Colorado attorney has asked a federal judge to order the Transportation Security Administration to abandon its airport screening procedures for United States citizens.

Gary Fielder filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver last week, more than a month after he, his two daughters, ages 9 and 15, and a family friend underwent a TSA pat-down in San Diego.

Fielder’s lawsuit claimed the pat-downs were “disgusting, unconscionable, sexual in nature” and in violation of the Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches.

Tennessee GOPer Curry Todd: Illegal Immigrants Will Multiply ‘Like Rats’ (VIDEO)

It seems disgusting racist rhetoric is quite prevalent among right-wingers.  This GOPer appears to be following his right-wing colleagues….

Huffington Post

Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd took his dissatisfaction with the birthright citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to a strange level this week, when he suggested that pregnant immigrants will “multiply” like “rats” if they are not asked about their citizenship status.

During a discussion about procedures for approving patients for health care access, Todd asked a panel of prenatal health care officials if they require potential patients to show proof of citizenship in order to be accepted for treatment.

One woman then explained that such a process is not necessary — and is in fact prohibited — because unborn children will become United States citizens upon birth.

“There’s a technical guidance letter that states that, for covering the unborn child, we are not permitted to determine citizenship because the child, once born, is a U.S. citizen,” the woman explained.

“They can go out there like rats and multiply, then,” Todd responded.

According to the Associated Press, Rep. Todd later agreed that he had used harsh wording.

“I was actually wrong, and I admit when I’m wrong,” Todd said, before clarifying that he should have used the term “anchor babies” instead — presumably in an entirely different sentence.

He then qualified that statement, however, by saying that the issue is actually a serious concern that needed to be addressed.

Many in the GOP, like Rep. Todd, have voiced strong concern over the 14th Amendment. ThinkProgress reported in October that 130 congressional Republicans favored ending birthright citizenship, not including a swath of newly elected GOPers.

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