Emmett F. Fields is the webmaster of the popular (some say notorious) Bank of Wisdom website, which offers free downloads of classic freethought literature. Please visit and support it! Meanwhile, here's his outspoken view why atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists, was the greatest American ever. If you wish to wrangle, you may contact Emmett at email <bowemmett (at) gmail (dot) com>. Be nice.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair Was the Greatest American of the 20th Century – Bar NONE.
Not just the greatest American woman, but the Greatest American; she did more to free the United States from tyranny than anyone since Thomas Paine freed this Nation from English control in 1776. Yet I cannot find any mention of her in lists of Great American Women – How can this be?
Who are the invisible individuals who decide who is great and who is not, who is to be remembered, and who forgot? The great Deists, Atheist, and Freethinkers in American History have been removed and forgot, by those who have rewritten and falsified American History. Thomas Paine, the single most important person in the creation of this Nation, and the first person to write the immortal words: ‘The United States of America’ has been erased from our History because he destroyed the Christian Bible with his book: ‘The Age of Reason.’
Thomas Jefferson was no Christian, and advised his Nephew to: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God.”
Ethan Allen, Hero of the American Revolution, described Christianity in just three words; “That Ghostly Tyranny” in his book: ‘Reason, The Only Oracle of Man’ 1783.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Freethinker) said: “Robert G. Ingersoll is the greatest man of the Nineteenth Century; he will never be forgotten.” Yet Ingersoll, 1833–1899; that great and loving man, has been removed from American history because he used his powers to fight Christianity. Ingersoll saw Christianity as a threat to America’s greatness and future. There are others, many, many, others, on and on…
We must not allow this rape of American history to stand.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair knew the true history of America, and was determined to fight for her rights, and the rights of all Americans. Madalyn was an American Patriot in every sense of the word, she was an Army veteran of World War Two, she Joined the Women’s Army Corps and worked as a cryptographer on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff. She served her Nation, and did all she could as a patriotic American. She earned her right to the respect of every citizen of this great Nation. And she earned the right of herself and her children to enjoy the Freedom and Equal Rights that every American has – regardless of religious opinion – under the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.
Yet she was denied those rights because she did not, could not – would not pretend to – believe the superstition that corrupts this Nation. At that time, as now, the Christian religion controlled the minds of a powerful minority of the American people from birth to death. Our Government imposed Christian brainwashing in our Public Schools to capture the minds of non-Christian children, and give the impression that Christianity was an established religion.
But Madalyn knew true American history, and had read the Christian Bible objectively, with an open mind, to understood what it really said. In an Interview for Playboy Magazine, October 1965 issue, she says: “When I was about 12 or 13 years old … I had two books to read at home: a dictionary and a Bible. Well, I picked up the Bible and read it from cover to cover one weekend – just as if it were a novel – vary rapidly, and I’ve never gotten over the shock of it. The Miracles, the inconsistencies, the wretched history, the sordid sex, the sadism in it – the whole thing shocked me profoundly.” There you have it; a thinking mind and loving hart, Madalyn was an Atheist from the start.
The proof of the power of brainwashing is that everyone does not see the Christian Bible the way this innocent young girl – Madalyn at 12 or 13 – saw it. Whether there is a god or not, that confused collection of antiquated legends and myth cannot be anything but the ravings of ignorant priests thousands of years ago. Today it is a mind-numbing threat to the modern world.
By forcing the Christian Bible into the public schools, and religious symbols, words, and slogans, into our government, our schools, onto Federal buildings, license plates, etc., on and on, Religion ignores its rightful place in American society, and forces itself into the public sector to take control of this Nation – That is Treason!
Daily Bible reading and prayer was mandatory in public Schools in the 1960s and before. Bill Murray, Madalyn’s son, refused to be a part of this corruption of the public-school system. Bill objected to being forced to undergo compulsory Christian indoctrination, and was excused from the class room during religious sessions. But that brought on hostility from Christian students, with hate, harassing, and fights.
Madalyn Murray was no longer the shy little Madalyn Mays who had been seduced, disgraced, and sent home to raise her child alone – same old story. There was no choice then; no abortion, no woman movement to help her, nothing, and like so many others, she went quietly away. But Madalyn Murray was now a woman who knew her rights, and the rights of her child, she was not to go quietly away this time. In the true character of an American Soldier, she attacked the whole corrupt pious system with a profane furry that grabbed the attention of the press and the American people.
Madalyn Murray went to Court and fought for her Country, her Rights, and the Rights of all children, in the most furious legal battles ever fought in our American courts. Madalyn fought to free the minds of the American People; and believing Christians hated her with the extreme hate that only religion can produce. A hatred so extreme that they called her ‘The Most Hated Woman in America.’ But she was not hated by all, only by believing Christians.
Madalyn Murry O’Hair, knew the true history, and horror, of two thousand years of Christian tyranny of Western Civilization, and fought to protect her child, and all children, from being forced – Brainwashed – into that ancient system in the American Public-Schools. It is the most basic right of every parent to protect their children from the influence of evil, that is why State and Church must forever be kept separate in Constitutional America.
I will say to every American, Christian or not; this angry woman, this Magnificent Angry Woman, has done more for you, and for the United States of America, than you are allowed to know. Even in death she is reviled and slandered by the most powerful propaganda machine in Western Civilization. The books that Hitler burned was Atheist books, Jew books, Freethought books, factual History, and such; not Christian books.
Does anyone really believe that Pious, believing, Christian Germany suddenly stopped being Christian in 1933, and just as suddenly became Christian again in 1945? We must learn to understand propaganda, mind control, brainwashing, and hate. The god word works the same all over the world, it makes evil good, and pious insanity acceptable. It must NOT succeed in destroying the United States of America.
Anyone who says this is anything but a free Nation is a traitor to the grand ideas this Nation is Founded upon. This is not a Christian Nation,
and no true American would ever say it is – or that it should be. We have a Nation founded upon ideals of equal rights for all, with equal justice for all, and those who say otherwise are the enemy of the peace, tranquility, and greatness of this Nation.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair knew this, and every thinking, patriotic, American knows this. In an introduction to her book; ‘Freedom Under Siege, The Impact of Organized Religion on your Liberty and your Pocketbook’ Madalyn Murray O’Hair writes: Organized religion is working to destroy your freedom. It strives to influence your elected representatives and to write the laws under which you live, to regulate your children’s schools and dictate what is taught there, to censor your entertainment and choose what you and your neighbors can see and read, and to determine for all women the right to control their lives and their bodies. …” Madalyn Murray O’Hair was a Patriotic American who fought valiantly for her country, and the great ideals it was Founded upon. For this she was hated and slandered by the religious leaders that control the minds of believing Christians.
Madalyn needed no help when she was alive, she was equal to any fight religion could wage. But now that she is dead the rodents attack and slander her name, and the battles she fought and won are being forgot. Where is the woman movement that should defend her memory, and protect the progress she made? Madalyn was the greatest and strongest of you, she did more for your movement and America than any of you. So why are you not defending her memory, and continuing her fight to save this nation?
There are always two parts to hate and lies; two parts to slander and character assassination. There are those who do the deed and write the lies; and there are those who believe the hate, and believe the lies. The believers hate without bothering to investigate to find the truth, both are equally guilty of the hate crime. Both are equally a threat to the facts and truth that can save this nation.
For you who hate Madalyn Murray O’Hair because she could not believe as you think she should believe, you need to read what Madalyn actually did believe. If you can still hate this woman after reading what she believes as an Atheist; then blind hate is your problem. If you think the following statement is a prepared statement that does not reflect Madalyn’s true nature, read her other books, writings, and statements. Here is what Madalyn publicly stated as what an Atheist belief is:
“An Atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An Atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work for now, here on earth, for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and enjoy it. An Atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help [both] to a life of fulfillment. He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed should be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we are our brothers' keepers, and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now.”
Page 172 of ‘The ATHEIST Madalyn Murray O’Hair’ by Bryan F. Le Beau.
To save this Nation in this time of our greatest crisis, believing Christians must find the courage to get up off their knees and use their minds; they must THINK, Reason, Investigate, and stand up for America. By understanding the Natural world; the real world without superstition, they will discover a great and wonderful world of truth and beauty that has been denied them. When they read the facts, and Madalyn’s true words, and understand the issues, they will agree that Madalyn Murray O’Hair was the Greatest American of the twentieth Century, bar none.