Tulsa, Okla. - In an abrupt about-face today, immigration officials now say that 64-year-old Magaret Doughty does NOT have to provide a religious basis for her opposition to war, known as conscientious objector status.
Up until late Thursday afternoon, the British-born Doughty was told that to be a citizen, she was required to state that she's willing to go to war to help defend the United States and that if she wasn't, by law, it had to based on religious beliefs.
But Margaret is an atheist.
She says she was told the easiest way to get around the conundrum was to lie and say that she does belong to a church, but she didn't want to do that.
"I'm really not prepared to lie," she said. "Y'know I could have lied and changed my statement at the USCIS. as the immigration officer encouraged."
A similar case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the justices ruled in favor of the atheist, saying the religious requirement was a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Margaret was also prepared to take her case to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Margaret has lived in the U.S. since the 1980's.
She's now due to be awarded her citizenship in about a week.