Undoing an atheist's legacy
Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair speaks out
- Duration 6:12
- Date Jun 11, 2012
Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair speaks out
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The most hated woman in America -- title of that frankly she took great pleasure and I'm talking about Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
You're going to spend your whole life preparing.
To -- similar.
Well you folks are crazy as hell.
In the early sixties Madalyn Murray O'Hair who once tried to defect to the Soviet Union was looking for a reason to start trouble.
She founded in the classroom Robert teenage son William.
An examination yet -- I wished DNA if -- feel that it would be a.
Appropriate job for me to fend off clay court player O'Hair took her battle against -- where all the way to the supreme court's.
There will be no more -- our religious ceremonies in the public school.
Very didn't stop there she found -- American atheist and sued the city of Baltimore demanding the city collect taxes from the tax exempt Catholic Church.
She -- NASA saying public prayer ought to be banned by government employees and outer space.
She challenged the words under god in the pledge of allegiance and the motto in god we trust on currency the Bible is a -- -- look.
And it is full of right this disorder and incest in 1995.
O'Hair her youngest son John.
And granddaughter Robin were kidnapped and murdered by former American atheist employee David waters.
Well the young man -- that piece who told a reporter that he's an atheists and -- school prayer where this mother.
He has since denounced atheism and become a Christian.
He now would love to see prayer back in schools he's written a wonderful book it's called my -- without god.
Joining me now is the author of that book the chairman of the religious freedom coalition William Murray.
-- great having you here today -- So I see some of these pictures -- remember all of this going on back when your mother was sort of in her heyday and and she was a reviled woman because she offended the sensitivities and sensibilities.
Of so many god fearing Americans.
Did did you growing up feel like G.
People hate my mother and therefore hate -- did that did that upset you or did you where does about that badge of courage at the time well are -- our family was.
Different definitely different.
And that's putting -- mind.
-- -- -- -- and we did we we word different I mean as you said my mother attempted to defect to the Soviet Union.
She was a Marxist leader in the community in our neighborhood was for the most part immigrants from many of those Communist countries from Poland from Hungary from east Germany.
And that to have somebody in their neighborhood that wanted to make this country like that when.
About be out there there was.
Pretty much a lot of animosity toward the family and and toward me and you grew up an atheist grew up believing that your mother was right that there came a moment which.
Your whole life change how did you become.
A Christian believer.
Well I was raised governor and that atheist and Marxist.
Existence primarily because our family so dysfunctional nobody could hold down a job.
But I didn't have that problem.
And I wound up being very successful in business unfortunately.
Although I got rid of the marxism that atheism stayed with me and instead of becoming being an atheist Marxist that became a libertarian.
Atheist and live that that libertarian lifestyle of thinking that the only thing that is important is me and everybody that can't make it should just starved to death and the problem with that then you know look very well from your experiences that that lifestyle -- destructive.
And nearly destroyed me.
And -- when you get down to the point of destruction in your life.
There is that one who's willing to lift you up body your -- and that one is Jesus Christ and you became a Christian.
How how -- -- and you come introduced to the lord was it someone who taught you you watch a Billy Graham film what was that.
The turning point -- oddly enough going back today that.
That horrible life style of thinking to cheer the sender of the universe and that the only thing important to you is booze and food and sex.
That led to merely self destruction and finally I had I turned to a twelve step program.
In order to get out of it and I and I was getting out of it then there was this mysterious go lot that was getting me out of it not -- -- know who that that god was.
And I literally went on a search Foreman of course there was that internal resistance that can't be that.
-- that god -- my mother hated out so badly.
But the reality was that that is that is who that -- was and that is -- that body is and it was he that was willing to reach down and and and grasped me up.
When you became a Christian your mother wasn't exactly happy about it what like she said -- I wanna come here baptism in fact it's a statement we're gonna put it up on the screen it's just it's it's it's shocking.
And it's got to be hurtful but if it's this -- her statement that she made about you must get on the screen because I want our audience is seated says.
One could call this this when she disown you could call this a post Natal abortion on the part of a mother.
I repudiate him speaking of -- -- repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times he is beyond human forgiveness.
That had to have heard coming from your own mother.
Will -- governor oddly it didn't hurt that much because of how dysfunctional home was that I was raised in.
And the number of times where I had done something that was and perhaps wrong in her eyes as a child.
When she had looked at me and said I wished abortion would have been legal and I was carrying she's told she's -- to -- very -- to my face when I was younger.
So this was nothing more then then you know a continuation of that.
But that is the type of home where the only thing that's important are those material things -- material philosophies.
Or government or state is a more or or what ever won only those things are important to the feelings of people to individuals aren't that important.
You know it's a remarkable story and build the fact that you are able to come out.
With love and forgiveness and a life of peace and -- Is as great a testament.
To God's grace.
As it is to your own ability to receive it and we're all the better for your book is remarkable what's called my life without -- -- be right back stay with us.