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Editorial: How one woman’s twisted legacy lives on in America
About politics and other thingsJune 13, 2012 | 1,522 views | 1 comment
William J. Murray, son of the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, was one of the guests Sunday on Mike Huckabee’s “The Huckabee Report.” His story is as interesting as it is bizarre.
O’Hair, of course, is famous for having taken her fight against school prayer all the way to the Supreme Court -- and winning. Her son now is becoming equally famous by working to shine the light on the evils done by his mother.
Murray described his mother as one who spent her entire life devoted to controlling people, and indulging in her own material vices. He said she took advantage of people, cheated, and was vengeful and merciless. She exercised control by belittling and strong-arming those around her, including and especially her own family.
Murray said his mother was evil, “not for taking prayer out of schools,” but “she was just evil.” She misused people’s trust. He referred continuously in this interview to the bizarre activities of this “dysfunctional” atheist family in which he was raised.
Ultimately, O’Hair, another son, and Murray’s own granddaughter were murdered in 1995 by one of her own atheist cult followers, but her other son, William J. Murray, chose a different path. He became a Christian in 1980.
“Our family was so dysfunctional that nobody in our family could hold a job,” he said. He described a lifestyle that “nearly destroyed me. ... When you get so far down, there is only one who can lift you out, and that is Jesus.” However painful it may have been for him, he was, nevertheless, comfortable telling his story.
Murray told about growing up under O’Hair’s vicious control, describing it as a horrible way of life, “thinking that you are the center of the universe.” Your satisfaction comes from “booze, sex, and food.”
Finally, when he knew that he needed help, Murray went to a 12-step program ... and discovered that the very God his mother hated so vehemently was his salvation. It was not an immediate transformation, but it was real.
He said that his mother’s repudiation of him after he became a Christian “didn’t hurt that much” because he had been humiliated by her all his life. Murray recalled times when his mother would look at him and say, “I wish abortion had been legal when I was carrying you.”
When the only thing important to you is self-indulgence, the feelings of others are not that important, Murray said, explaining her vengeance.
Murray’s latest book, My Life Without God, continues his quest to speak out against the bad things that his mother did. He does not credit his mother for having any special abilities. It’s more a case of her being in the right place at the right time with a willing press and a Supreme Court eager to accomplish what her case ultimately brought about.
Murray wrote in 1999 after the murders that he “... used to ask people to pray for my mother’s salvation. I don’t do that anymore.... My mother was an evil person.”
What does it say about the fact that the course of an entire country and generations of Americans was set into play by this one evil, dysfunctional person?
How can we be a great country when we allow a person, whose deviant behavior was obsessive and cruel, to ultimately have a say in guiding our country’s future and our children’s education?
Her son remains intent on trying to undo some of the harm brought on by his mother’s wrath.
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June 13, 2012 9:45am
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