Religion: Secularists at Work

"What happens to China's 450 million infidels when they die?" eight-year-old William McCarthy asked the Campbellite circuit-rider. "Son," answered the preacher, "they all go straight to hell." Then & there Ohio-born William McCarthy decided that there was no God. Last week, at 83, white-haired Atheist McCarthy, still of the same mind, was hard at work fighting religion in the New Jersey superior court.

Over the years, as he recalls them, old "Mac" McCarthy had seen and heard enough to satisfy himself that his childhood decision was right. Traveling through a good part of the...

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