Posted by wordforit on October 11, 2007
Madalyn Murray O’Hair is gone but not forgotten. The legacy of this one woman changed the view of the United States forever, in more ways than protesting school prayer. She was not the only one in 1960 to propose prayer in public schools was unconstitutional, but her petition was the one that succeeded.
That’s when the saga that was ‘Madalyn’ became notorious.
In wondering how Christians let this happen, I remembered that Civil Rights, Vietnam, and “drugs, sex, and rock & roll” were also highlights of that era (1960s &70s). I doubt many considered the implications or reverberations would be so astounding.
”…the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart…” ~Eccl. 9:3
Madalyn’s son, Bill Murray, was the alleged ‘victim’ when the Bible was read or prayers were said in school. Madalyn was so full of hate for anything Godly that she used her son as a plaintiff against the United States to satisfy her agenda. What kind of person will use and abuse anyone in his or her reach to achieve nefarious ends, especially their own child? She then went on to campaign brazenly for separation of church and state, founding the “Society of Separationists“, now known as “American Atheists”.
Madalyn is a glaring example of how easily intelligence can work for degenerate as much as regenerate purposes. She earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law but never practiced except in ways to promote her iniquitous motives. Christians were not the only ones she vilified; if she felt her atheist cohorts were not acceptable (in her estimation), she expelled them from her organization. It was not uncommon for her to be removed from a debate for her vulgar and vicious tirades. ~ WfI
William J. Murray:
”My mother was not just Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist leader. She was an evil person who led many to hell. That is hard for me to say about my own mother but it is true.” Religious Freedom Coalition (new window)
Brazen she was because the paths she forged were uncommon to the point of unheard of and unacceptable in most areas. It could be argued that she stood up for herself but, in this writer’s view, she cleared paths in a manner of littering with much debris and confusion.
Adulterous affairs and illegitimate children were becoming more acceptable by the 1960s and 70s when Madalyn was at her peak and she took full advantage of her infamy and seemingly became competitive in depravity.
During her stint with the Women’s Auxilary Army Corps while stationed in Italy in 1945, she engaged in an an affair with a married man, William J. Murray, Jr., who refused to leave his wife.The affair subsequently led to a divorce from her husband, John Henry Roths, and an illegitimate son, William J. Murray. She did not remarry either of her son’s fathers but her other son, Jon Garth (Murray), stayed by her side during the time they operated the American Atheist organization, among other endeavors.
Madalyn was indeed a bold, but angry and vitriolic, woman. Her son, Jon, and William’s daughter, Robin, suffered in the end because of her choices to allow and surround them with evil persons. O’Hair hired unremorseful ex-convicts to work in her organization, some of whom, in 1995, kidnapped the trio, took them to a remote ranch in Texas, then murdered them in a grotesque and brutal manner.
[William J.] Murray remembers:
”I was born into a home of near constant rage and violence. My mother never married my father or my brother’s father. As a result of my mother’s constant angry outbursts, she could not hold down a job and she, my brother and I lived with her parents and my unmarried uncle in a small row house in Baltimore, Maryland.My grandfather had never filed an income tax return and most of what he did do during his life was illegal or ill advised. He had no savings. My grandmother read Tarot cards and sent out demons by burning human hair. My uncle kept hoards of pornography in his room and my mother filled the house with statues of mating animals, which she worshipped….I was taught that because there was no God there was no such thing as right or wrong. My mother told me it was better to be a homosexual than to be a Christian. She taught me that the most important things in life were the physical pleasures of drink, food and sex.For many years I lived the life I was taught. I drank a quart of vodka a day and by the time I was thirty I had been married twice. I lived only to eat, drink and have what I thought were sexual pleasures…At age thirty I began to realize how empty my life had been. There were no people in my life. My only friends were cigarettes and booze. It was that realization that led me on my search for God. I had seen every evil in the world and now wanted to see the other side of life… “ William Murray
Even though Bill Murray established the Religious Freedom Coalition, and has spent many years redeeming himself, there are those who would find fault with his approach and claim that he only came to Christianity in 1980 to spite his mother. I disagree and contend that he became a Christian in spite of, or, because of, his mother.
Being a Christian is not easy when coming from a background like mine, with a family who is supportive and likeminded. To come from a family like Bill Murray’s, with the whole world knowing the depths of perversion and corruption your mother wallowed in, would make many “run for the hills”. If Bill Murray is not on the level, he sure is working hard at being charitable and useful! ~ WfI