Public School Prayer Being Promoted By Famous Atheist's Son

As a teen, when he learned that the U.S. Supreme Court ordered religion out of public schools, William Murray, the son of the famous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair thought it was great.  Murray today at age 56 is lobbying to bring prayer back to schools and has completely rejected the teachings of his late mother.

Murray said in a telephone interview from his Virginia office, “Good Christian education works-it’s working for 4.5 million students in the United States (U.S.) right now, on average, those 4.5 million students are performing at two grade levels beyond their peers in public schools.”

Years ago, Murray rejected his mother’s atheist beliefs and said he believes in religion in public schools, which he characterizes as “a failed system.”

American Atheists was founded by Murray’s mother who was a very outspoken atheist.  In 1995, the 76-year-old O’Hair disappeared along with her 30-year old granddaughter Robin Murray O’Hair and another son Jon Garth Murray.  In Texas, in a mass grave in January 2000, their dismembered and burned remains were found.  David Waters, O’Hair’s former office manager who has admitted kidnapping the three to obtain $600,000 in gold coins O’Hair owned, led police to the grave.

As part of a plea bargain and sentence to 20 years in prison, Waters pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.  Gary P. Karr, who was a second man convicted in connection with the kidnapping, is serving a life term

Madalyn Murray O’Hair was described as a committed Marxist-Leninist who indoctrinated her children into an atheist lifestyle by William, who had a falling out with his mother years earlier.  He said,” I was indoctrinated in ‘the fact’ that the U.S. was a fascist slave-labor camp run by Jewish businessmen…My mother taught me the most important things in life are food, booze and sex.  Living that kind of life nearly destroyed me.”

(“Famous atheist’s son now campaigning for prayer in public schools,” The Associated Press, March 3, 2002.)

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