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Death of an American Atheist, II

Posted by wordforit on October 11, 2007


To consider dying in a horrific, painful manner frightens most people. It does not matter how one has lived, it is still a terrible way to go. With Madalyn Murray O’Hair, however, it’s understandable to have trouble finding compassion…

Part II:

“…Regardless of how evil and lawless my mother was, she did not deserve to die in the manner she did.

Yes, I understand that the circumstances were of her own making. She hired convicted murderers to work for her. She put one of those murders in charge of her office and he stole more than $54,000 from her. That same murderer is now suspected of killing her and Jon and Robin. He is also suspected of murdering and decapitating one of the men he recruited to kidnap my family.

Still, she was 77 years old when she was kidnapped. She and my daughter were held for almost 30 days, probably tied and gagged, while my brother desperately tried to obtain ransom money. At all times my brother was escorted by one of the kidnappers. Should he have run? Should he have tried to get help? I would have.

But, my brother was a total slave to my mother. He saw himself as her provider and rescuer. All his life she had talked down to him and made fun of him and now, in his mind, he would show her his worth by single-handedly rescuing her. He was murdered for his faithfulness.

Both my brother and daughter believed in my mother’s “importance” because she declared it constantly. Many times a day my mother would declare, “I am Madalyn Murray O’Hair.” She honestly believed she had singled handedly removed prayer from school. She honestly believed she had “liberated” America sexually.

In reality my mother did not create the times, the times created her. She was what America was about in the sixties and seventies. There were several cases going to the Supreme Court to remove prayer. Her case just got there first. The left-wing Court of the day wanted prayer out of the schools and to allow abortion on demand. They virtually were advertising for cases to change America. But my mother saw the secular and sexual turn in America as centered around her.

I can see her now looking down the barrel of a gun and saying, “You don’t dare shoot me, I AM MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR.” Of course, the killers did not care who she was just as most Americans didn’t care. To the majority of Americans and to the media she was just another celebrity fruit cake, sort of the Hulk Hogan of atheism.

The media asked me if I would hold a funeral and if so would there he prayer. My answer was simple but Biblical and sort of surprised them I am sure. I said, “They are already either in heaven of hell, praying over them now will not make a difference.”

I made that statement knowing the torture they must have gone through the last thirty days of their lives. Did Robin pray to receive Christ as she was bound and gagged? Perhaps. Did my mother or brother cry out to the Lord just before they were murdered? I don’t know.

Christ is there for the vilest offender. The serial killer whose prayer at the hour of his death is genuine is also forgiven. My mother, my brother and my daughter may well await me in heaven. On the other hand, they may have stood their ground defying God to the end, in which case they are now spending yet another day of eternity in hell. If that is the case, I will never see them again.

The deaths of my mother, brother and daughter should make all too clear the need for Christ to others that proclaim atheism. But those who would follow my mother continue to fight against God and His authority. “Fools make a mock at sin… ” Proverbs 14:8

During Easter, what is left of my mother’s American Atheist organization held a convention in New Jersey. My ministry placed an advertisement in the newspaper there to tell them about Jesus. The new atheist leader, Ellen Johnson, ranted and raved against me, against Christ and against the Holy Spirit.

Johnson told the media that the whole idea of my mother being murdered was a fabrication. She told the newspapers that I had “manufactured” the story using my connections to Congress to trick the FBI into getting involved. Why does this woman protest so much? Why does she not even shed a tear for her departed leader?

The FBI is involved because one of the individuals has confessed. How many others he will point his finger at I don’t know. But I do understand the “wisdom” of Ellen Johnson. Her “wisdom” is found in Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

Please continue to pray for this ministry and for my family. This is a difficult time. The news media calls day and night about my mother. The FBI even offered to provide a counselor for my wife Nancy and me. I said no thank you; I told the agent my family already has a counselor – the Great Counselor, Jesus Christ.”

 (This statement was written by William Murray in May of 1999. The dismembered bodies of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Jon Murray and Robin Murray were found in January of 2000 in Camp Wood, Texas. One of the killers, David Waters, led the authorities to the site in return for a guarantee he would serve his time in a Federal rather than in a Texas state prison. He died in prison of liver decease in 2003. A second killer was sentenced to life in prison.)  Religious Freedom Coalition

Detailed information on Madalyn Murray O’Hair can be found in William J. Murray’s book, My Life Without God.

Death of an American Atheist, I


4 Responses to “Death of an American Atheist, II”

  1. Daniel said

    She was a product of her times, the sixties was a time when the spirit of humanism was at the forefront of society. It was the launching point for the immoral agendas of todays society. Like Madalyn OHair we will all have to meet our maker someday and stand in judgement. All her life was wasted on something that she could never stop because Christans still pray everywhere even in school.

    Thank for the article Odale

    God Bless

  2. Odale said

    Exactly! “The launching point”! I love it the way you pay attention and know what goes on, Daniel. I recently had someone at church tell me that they “don’t pay attention to all that stuff” but I think we are supposed to pay attention and realize what’s going on. This is on my heart right now b/c I have a few people close to me who have become involved in atheism, one of them learning the specifics on the internet then finding local associates. He used to go to Bible Camp in the summer, church on Sundays and Wed. and is saved, baptized. His parents are faithful to the church, so I believe that he will “not depart” but the others, I’m not so sure of the circumstances…Please keep praying, as I do, too!
    My intention is to bring this up-to-date but, as you know, we have a busy week end and week coming up. There are so many things going on and not all of it has the appearance of evil… God Bless and Keep You, Daniel!

  3. marlajayne said

    I don’t want to rewrite the quote, but I posted a reply to your post on my blog about atheists. It was by C.S. Lewis and basically said that trying to argue with or against God is pointless. It’s arguing with the Being that gave us reasoning power in the first place. Sometimes I think these folks just must not see “the big picture.”

    I can’t remember the name of the person who wrote this poem or its exact words, but I recall a poem that said something like “Since you won’t let me talk to you about God, then I’ll have to talk to Him about you.” Cool, huh? We can always pray for these people. What do we have to lose?

  4. Odale said

    I told the young man I saw the other day that I am praying for him and he grinned. You’re right, can’t stop prayer…
    I just received a letter today from Coral Ridge Ministries about the atheist movement and it was astonishing. I don’t think Christians have been or are paying this enough attention…I keep getting disinterested responses (on ground) and that’s what satan is counting on. I didn’t realize some things until recently, either, so I’m included…Now I feel like Paul Revere! LOL D. James Kennedy, founder of Coral Ridge Ministries, passed away this year and I am glad “his people” are going to keep on keepin’ on. I’ve learned a lot from their programs! I’ll post a link to them (type atheism in search).
    I will get back to this after Homecoming tomorrow and between Camp Meetings next week! Working on it now and can’t seem to get it all assimilated concisely…;-))

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