Religion: The Apostate

Atheist's son finds God

Madalyn Murray O'Hair became the nation's best-known atheist in 1963 when, partly as a result of her suit, the U.S. Supreme Court forbade mandatory prayers in public schools. A fellow plaintiff in protesting Bible reading and/or recitation of the Lord's Prayer in Baltimore schools was her teen-age son William J. Murray III. He went on to become a publisher, but later joined his mother in Austin, Texas. In 1975 he reorganized the headquarters of her American Atheists and revived its monthly magazine. In 1977 he broke with his mother and tried to start a rival atheist organization.

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