Atheist immigrant told to join church
Atheist seeking US citizenship told to join church or be denied ? RT USA
Story at link. In short, this atheist could not in good conscience pledge to take up arms to defend the US. Religious people can get out of this pledge by saying its against their religion, but as an atheist it isn't against her religion, but still against her morals. She was told to provide documentation on church letterhead that she had joined an anti-violence church or else be denied citizenship for not saying the pledge. Thoughts? Is it fair that a religious person's deeply held beliefs would "count more" than a non-religious person's? Can you make belonging to a religion a requirement of citizenship?