Humanists of Houston presents Margaret Doughty – Atheist who applied for United States citizenship and objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the nation

This month’s HOH Monthly Gathering features guest speaker Margaret Doughty, an atheist who received global news coverage when–after applying for United States citizenship and objecting to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the nation–was told that she had to officially join a church that forbids violence or her application would be denied.

Here is a video of her appearance on BBC News where she discussed her predicament.

Margaret is also a prominent advocate and champion for literacy, both in the United States and worldwide. She is the founder of Literacy Powerline, and has worked to raise literacy levels in Africa, the Middle East and the United States, developing coalitions, facilitating regional literacy planning, advocating for educational system change and raising resources.

In 2000 Margaret was awarded the Order of the British Empire by HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for her contribution to the field of literacy, and most recently Margaret was asked by the US Department of Education to manage the coalition development component of the Great Cities Summit

Our City-Wide Monthly Gathering is the cornerstone of all HOH activities, where people from the entire Houston and surrounding areas are invited to come. It generally starts with announcements and a brief presentation of a humanist topic, followed by guest speaker and Q&A/discussion.


Saturday, November 16, 2013
1:00 PM
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77074