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She became one of the most famous people in America, for all the wrong reasons.
She was born in 1919 and raised in the heart of the Bible belt, in Ohio. Her mother was a Lutheran, her father a Presbyterian, and she and her brother were raised as Presbyterians.
At age 12 she decided to do something few Christians ever do. She read the Bible from cover to cover. With astonishment, she discovered numerous admonitions, and apparent inconsistencies and contradictions, which she had never been taught in church. Finally she concluded that the Bible, examined as a whole, was far too illogical for her to believe.
Later, as a young adult, she reconsidered her position and decided that she could never rationally reject something until she had actually scrutinized it.
Therefore, she began an in-depth study of the Bible and enrolled in Ashland College, an Evangelical United Brethren institution, in Ashland, Ohio, which she later referred to as “a good, middle-class, very proper college.” There, word for word and line by line, and with much soul-searching, she carefully investigated and re-evaluated the Old Testament for a year and then the New Testament for another year.
Although she passed her courses with consistently perfect marks, the more thoroughly she studied the Bible, the more incompatible and nonsensical it seemed to her. For example, she later recalled the distress she had felt during examinations when she had been forced to precisely regurgitate such answers as that “the Devil is red, and has a forked tail and cloven hoofs and fangs, and horns on his head,” which counted for 12 points on tests.
Finally, at age 24, she reached a decision that would set the course for the rest of her life and soon immortalize her name in churches throughout America. In “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” which at that time she was helping to defend as a member of the United States armed forces, Madalyn Murray (O’Hair) concluded that she was an atheist.
She had the same guaranteed Constitutional right to her belief as any other American citizen.
In the fall of 1959, this 40-year-old working mother enrolled the eldest of her two sons, 14-year-old Bill, in the public school system of Baltimore, Maryland. The following year Bill complained to his mother that he didn’t understand why his public school was teaching him scriptures and forcing him to pray in class each day. As a mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair also didn’t understand why her son’s public school was promoting the specific religion of Christianity.
As an attorney, Madalyn Murray O’Hair was sure that the school’s actions violated a fundamental law of the nation. So, she decided it was her duty to do something about it.
She reminded the Baltimore public school system that the Constitution guaranteed the separation of government and religion. She explained to the school officials that their religious views were their own business and that she had no right to impose her religious opinions on them. But, she advised them, neither did they have any right to spend public tax dollars imposing the practices of a specific government-sponsored religion on her captive child.
She told the school officials that Bill was capable of making up his own mind and had complained that he did not want to be forced to participate in those particular religious practices.
Reverential Bible reading and mandatory prayer recitation in a public school, as opposed to a private school, she reminded them, were violations of the Constitution of the United States.
The Baltimore public school system responded that if 14-year-old Bill didn’t want to participate in the mandatory reverential Bible readings and group prayers, he would have to leave his classroom and go sit in the hallway each day until his teacher had concluded the religious practices.
Beyond that, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the Country’s founding fathers and the Constitution be damned.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair lived in a beautifully furnished brick colonial home, with three cars and a well-adjusted family. She had been a social worker for 17 years and was working as a supervisor in the Baltimore department of public welfare. For all practical purposes, she was any upper-class American’s neighbor, with the sole exception that she had a minority religious belief, as did many other Americans.
Suddenly, though, she faced the choice of either allowing the Constitution of the United States to be defied and ridiculed, or suing the Baltimore public school system.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was an upstanding lawful citizen, a United States armed forces’ veteran, and it was her Constitution as much as anyone else’s. So, after repeated attempts to convince the school officials that it was their duty to abide by the Constitution, she filed suit on behalf of her son. By doing so, she ensured that the courts would decide the matter in a civil manner and in accordance with the laws of the land.
What law-abiding citizen could argue with that?
Then all hell broke loose!
Christian ministers crucified her as anti-American and Communistic. Suckling on the delight of conflict, the news media promoted the same false portrayal. Less than 24 hours after Madalyn Murray O’Hair had filed suit, she was fired from her job, without cause. Furthermore, she discovered that as soon as she revealed her name, no potential employer would hire her. Suddenly she was without income.
Ms. O’Hair’s life was changing fast, for the worse.
Dear Heathen She-bitch:
I will put a bullet through your fat ass, you scum-eating masculine lesbian bitch. Then I’ll kill your queer-looking pretty little baby boy. Commie! Commie! Commie! Go peddle your slop in Russia, you wicked animal. You bitch slut from the devil. May Jesus change you into a Paul, you acid-sucking piece of Satan shit. I pray that you and every one of your descendants rot in hell for eternity. Slut! Slut! Slut! Prepare to meet Jesus when I blow your light-blue brains across your little bastards’ faces.
(Signed) A. Christian
That was typical of the more congenial mail Madalyn Murray O’Hair began receiving by the bundle as soon as she had asked the courts to defend the Constitution of the United States.
Another soft-spoken Christian warned, “I’ll put a gun up your ass and blow the crap out between your eyes.”
Another letter was composed only of a sheet of paper to which dozens of little clippings had been glued that had been snipped out of newspapers and magazines. Each little clipping reflected the single word “kill.”
Another envelope contained fecal matter smeared across a newspaper photograph of Ms. O’Hair and her mother. It had been wrapped in wax paper to ensure effectiveness.
The more hateful mail is unprintable.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s life had become a nightmare. The abusive mail, which usually addressed her as a bitch, lesbian or Communist, continued to arrive by the bushel, including hundreds of terroristic death threats. Ms. O’Hair forwarded those to the FBI, but considered publishing some of them as a book titled “Letters from Christians.”
Of course, other mail arrived at her home, too, such as her personal and business mail, and bills that she needed to pay promptly. But those envelopes were always empty. Disregarding Federal law, apparently someone in the United States Postal Department was slitting them open and destroying their contents, to cause her grief.
Her telephone clamored 24 hours a day, with Christians shouting the most lewd obscenities imaginable, on a par with her hate mail.
At night, good Christians vandalized her cars, broke every window in her house with bricks and rocks, stomped all the flowers in her garden, and tore out all her maple trees. Every time she repaired the damage, they vandalized, broke, stomped, and tore them out again. The demolition was never ending, month after month, and year after year.
Her young sons received an intensive course in religion. Every time Bill had turned in his homework to his teachers, or had taken a test, it somehow disappeared, or so the teachers said. Finally he resorted to always making copies to prove that he had completed the assignments.
Gangs of Bill’s classmates physically assaulted him and his little brother, Garth, so many times that their mother finally sought protection for the bloodied boys from the local magistrate. Sadly, the court invariably ignored her pleas and those of her children, and the testimony of eyewitness. When it came to her defense of the Constitution, justice was blind.
A few hours after Christians had pelted Ms. O’Hair’s house again with bricks, her emotionally distraught father collapsed, suffered a heart attack and died.
Because the neighbors no longer allowed their children to play with Bill and little Garth, Ms. O’Hair gave her youngest son a pet kitten, for companionship. Soon thereafter, Garth discovered his “special friend” lying lifeless on the porch. Someone who believed “love thy neighbor as thyself” only on Sundays had strangled it.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair helped little Garth bury his tiny kitten, along with the “Golden Rule.”
The hell in which she had not believed had become a reality, as she endured such continuous harassment for three agonizing years. She had to, but she would never forget.
At last, still with no income, and with a once-beautiful home that Ms. O’Hair described as “looking like a cyclone hit it,” and with a small family whose very existence was threatened every day, she contemplated seeking asylum in some other country. There were several that still valued religious freedom.
On the other hand, she was a law-abiding American. It was her Country, too. Perhaps, she thought, she should take refuge instead in the new State of Hawaii. Maybe the racially mixed culture there would be more tolerant of her religious beliefs. Maybe a new sense of patriotism had pervaded the Islands, which would be more supportive of the United States’ Constitution.
Ms. O’Hair had also been subjected to countless physical attacks and, in one, had lost the use of two of her fingers. Now, with spittle dripping off her face from those who still ostracized and relentlessly attacked her for having an opinion at variance with their own, she directed her surviving family members through an airport terminal and onto an airplane. Their goal was survival; their destination was Hawaii.
She, her children, her mother, and a couple of other family members arrived in Honolulu, with only their immediate possessions and a total of fifteen dollars among the six of them. The entire family was broke and homeless, but at least most of them were still alive, and they had each other.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair had paid dearly in her quest for religious freedom, a right that she knew our founding fathers had intended and our Constitution guaranteed. She had studied the Constitution with the greatest care, but doubted that the Christians whose spittle still stained her dress had ever even read it. In her heart, at least Ms. O’Hair knew which among them our founding fathers would have considered to be the true American.
With no place to stay, no beds in which to sleep, and no food to eat, the O’Hair family was invited by a Honolulu minister to sleep on the floor of the Unitarian Church. That was not as ironic as it seemed. Unitarians, in Pennsylvania, who regularly attended religious services, had filed their own lawsuit against mandatory public school prayers in that State. After all, the basic issue was not religious, but Constitutional.
Other members of the Unitarian Church, in Hawaii, quickly provided food, permanent accommodations, and a cornucopia of kindness … at least until Christians discovered where she had taken refuge. Then the hatred followed and she was forced to flee the United States, to Mexico.
On June 17, 1963, four years after Madalyn Murray O’Hair had initiated her lawsuit, the news media announced that the Supreme Court of the United States of America had agreed with Ms. O’Hair in an overwhelming 8 – 1 decision and had kicked reverential Bible reading and prayer recitation out of the nation’s public schools.
Christians were stunned!
For years they had treated Madalyn Murray O’Hair savagely, had ruthlessly assaulted her and her family, both physically and mentally, and had continually broken the law in doing so. Now, those who had prayed that she would suffer the same demise as little Garth’s pet kitten were rudely awakened.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s anarchistic wrath was obvious. Like General George “Old Blood and Guts” Patton, in a wig and a brown dress, she repeatedly strode onto television screens, in living rooms across America, with a singular purpose: to raise holy hell.
The Supreme Court of the United States was clearly on her side. Church bells pealed in distress, but Madalyn Murray O’Hair heard only the sound of the gong in her corner and charged forth into the ring as if she were a salivating and starving Tyrannosaurus rex, crashing a church social.
This is representative of a typical interview:
INTERVIEWER: You’ve become the world’s most famous atheist. Why shouldn’t I believe in God?
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: You can believe in any insanity you choose. That’s your business, not mine. Believing in that kind of irrationality won’t get you anywhere or make you any more of a compassionate person, but, if you want to chew that particular cud, go to it.
INTERVIEWER: What’s wrong with Christianity?
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: It’s shit for brains. It has warped and brainwashed millions with its poisonous concepts of sin and divine punishment. A long line of hogwash is all it is. There isn’t even any conclusive evidence that the mythical Jesus ever even existed, except for the Gospels. Everyone who hasn’t been hypnotized has come to the same conclusion, from Life magazine to Albert Schweitzer.
The assets and real-estate holdings of the Catholic Church “exceed those of Standard Oil, AT&T and US Steel combined.” It’s right there in The Wall Street Journal, written by a Catholic priest. Christianity is big business that never did a damn thing for anybody, except hypnotize the flocks and haul in the filthy lucre.
INTERVIEWER: I presume you’ve read the Bible.
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: I’ve studied it for decades, far more closely than most Christian ministers. I wouldn’t even use the Bible to absorb urine on the bottom of a bird cage. It’s just one horrific lie after another, but the “virgin” birth, now that’s just the biggest goddamn lie ever told. I’m sure the “Virgin” Mary played around as much as I have.
INTERVIEWER: What is your opinion of those who believe in heaven?
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: They’re sheep, who are sick, sick, sick! Think about it. You wouldn’t have a brain there and couldn’t think worth a damn. You couldn’t eat. You couldn’t have an orgasm. You couldn’t do or enjoy anything, unless you’re queer for harp playing and Bible reading. I’d rather go to hell.
INTERVIEWER: Let’s take some questions from the audience. Yes, madam.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m a Christian who prays with my children in church every Sunday. If they also want to pray in school, what right do you have to stick your nose into what they do?
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: You hypocrite! You can do any asinine thing you want and waste your own money in any fraudulent religious activity you choose, but sorry souls like you have no right to jam your sticky fingers into my purse to use my tax dollars in a mandatory public-school prayer session just so your wayward brood can mentally masturbate.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I am not a hypocrite!
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR: The hell you’re not! Every time you pray in church with other Christians, you prove that you are a hypocrite.
It’s right in the first book of your New Testament, Matthew 6:5-6. “When thou prayest, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.”
Those are words from the mouth of your mythical Jesus. Of course, all Christians just pick out the parts of the Bible they want to believe.
You claim to be a Christian, but every time you pray in church you defy Jesus. Maybe your excuse is that you’ve never even read your own Bible of folklore.
Either way proves that you are a hypocrite.
Ms. O’Hair was particularly vehement about the Catholic Church. For instance, she described nuns as “poor old dried-up women lying there on their solitary pallets yearning for Christ to come to them in a vision some night and take their maidenheads. By the time they realize he’s not coming, it’s no longer a maidenhead; it’s a poor, sorry tent that nobody would be able to pierce — even Jesus with his wooden staff. It’s such a waste.”
Television audiences sat horrified, and shock waves reverberated throughout Christianity.
Ms. O’Hair knew the letter of the law, and forced television studio audiences to confront it. When they tried to shout her down, she dismissed their highly emotional reactions as one might flick away a maggot. When they tried to ridicule her, she attacked — by quoting their own Bible, by chapter and verse.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair had become as unwelcome in most churches as ”Typhoid Mary.” Christians across America set their jaws, glared and seethed. Ministers, who worried that donations would evaporate if church members prayed only at home, howled from their pulpits that Jesus didn’t mean what the Bible said.
Death threats abounded. In 1963 she told “Life” magazine, “I think sooner or later, some night, some nut is going to get a message from Jesus Christ and I’m going to have had it.” She just hoped that no “dirty Christers” got their hands on her corpse.
The news media proclaimed Madalyn Murray O’Hair “the most hated woman in America.” She could not have cared less.
For the next three decades, Madalyn Murray O’Hair spoke out belligerently and profanely, to all who would listen.
Then, on 28 August 1995, in Austin, Texas, the 77 year-old Ms. O’Hair, Garth, and her granddaughter, Robin, suddenly disappeared and the voice that had cracked church bells throughout Christendom fell silent in the night.
Five and a half years later, in January of 2001, the three family members’ remains were found on a ranch, near Camp Wood, Texas. The site was ghastly!
The evidence indicated that Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her youngest son, and her granddaughter had been gruesomely tortured. Then they had been strangled, like little Garth’s tiny kitten. Then their bodies had been dismembered with a saw and their body parts had been burned, packed into 55-gallon drums and buried in shallow graves.
A federal agent, who was no stranger to the atrocities mankind can inflict on his own species, reviewed the crime scene. He knew who the victims were. Then he prayed over the horribly mutilated body parts. ”No one deserves this,” he lamented, “no one.”
For decades, Christian ministers had preached fervently that Madalyn Murray O’Hair had kicked God and prayer out of our nation’s schools. One thing they hadn’t told their congregations, however, was about the other case accepted for review and decided simultaneously by the United States Supreme Court. Madalyn Murray O’Hair was one of the plaintiffs in the matter that had been brought before the Court; the other plaintiff was the religious Unitarians.
Neither had ministers told their congregations that the momentous decision handed down by the Court is listed in the law books as Abbington v. Schempp, involving the Unitarians, not Murray v. Curlett, involving Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Christian ministers withheld that information merely because they knew that donations to their churches would be proportional to the passion they could ignite within their congregations, which was far easier to inflame by attacking an atheist, rather than another church.
Ministers had preached that Madalyn Murray O’Hair was the devil, for kicking God and prayer out of our nation’s schools.” However, they withheld from their congregations the fact that Ms. O’Hair had merely asked the Court to uphold the Constitution. She never challenged it. That is why not a single Christian group had ever filed a solitary brief in opposition to Ms. O’Hair’s case.
The ministers also hadn’t told their congregations that while prayers that were required, or sanctioned, or led by public school officials were unconstitutional, any student was still free to pray individually and silently. Prayer was never kicked out of public schools, although that was what the news media and most Christian ministers claimed. Therefore, it was what most Americans quickly came to believe.
Only forced religious participation in schools financed with everyone’s tax dollars was declared unconstitutional. The fact was that anyone could initiate a personal prayer at any time, in any public school, anywhere in the Country. But emphasizing that would never have overflowed the collection plates.
The ministers hadn’t the truth. And the congregations had readily accepted what they had been led to believe.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the English fundamentalist Baptist minister, said it eloquently in the nineteenth century: “A lie travels ’round the world while truth is putting on her boots.”
Now, let’s face more of the truth.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was an atheist. But who in the land of the free would deny another citizen the right to his or her own religious beliefs?
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was vocal about her opinions. But who in the land of the free would deny another citizen the right to freedom of speech? Thomas Jefferson said it concisely, “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
But then, there are few Thomas Jefferson’s any more.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was an unpleasant person. She was an in-your-face-and-down-your-throat battle-ax, who stomped on every opponent’s “buttons” with both combat boots. She was the most abrasive person I have known. Off camera, she was often exceedingly vulgar.
By word and deed, she was almost as uncivilized as the Christians who had so ruthlessly attacked her and her family, both mentally and physically, for so many years. But who in the land of the free would deny a citizen the right to be unpleasant, even exceedingly so, in his or her pursuit of happiness? It may not be our lifestyle, but, per se, it isn’t against the law.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was quite mistaken in her conclusion that man is merely an animal, rather than an immaterial spiritual entity inhabiting a body. But who in the land of the free would deny a citizen the right to be wrong? If invariable rightness were legislated, all of America would be a prison.
Despite her flaws, which were numerous and profound, we should be truthful enough to acknowledge one more thing about this unique character in American history. Our founding fathers agreed and insisted upon a separation of religion and government. The framers of our Constitution, including Presidents George Washington and James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin, wrote it into the fundamental laws of the United States. The States then ratified it.
Separation of church and state is guaranteed by the constitution.
In 1959, when Ms. O’Hair initiated her challenge against the Baltimore public school system, some 171 years had passed since ratification. Some deterioration in the public’s support of the Constitution was evident. At the time of her suit, laws in five other states besides Maryland and Pennsylvania also allowed public schools to force students to participate in specific religious activities, although there was frequent infighting as to exactly what religious activities were appropriate.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was willing to risk her life for patriotism, stood practically alone in her defense of that part of the Constitution. And then, despite an immediate and prolonged terroristic assault from those whose understanding never extended beyond their own self interests — she won! — by an overwhelming decision from our United States Supreme Court.
And so did our founding fathers.
For that singular contribution, for which the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair risked and gave her life, she deserves at least a sincere salute from every citizen who still enjoys the freedoms, rights and protection of the Constitution of the United States of America.
1 September 2002
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