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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer | December 13, 1994
The case started quietly enough one October day in 1960 at Woodbourne Junior High School (now Chinquapin Middle School) in Northeast Baltimore.William J. Murray, the 14-year-old son of Madalyn Murray, a psychiatric case worker, stood at the back of a classroom and pronounced morning prayers "ridiculous." He told school authorities that there was no way they could force him to pray.That simple act led three years later to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling that school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading violated the First Amendment.
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Dan Rodricks | June 14, 2013
The American clock brings us to the 50th anniversaries of two extraordinary events involving two extraordinary women, Gloria Richardson Dandridge and Madalyn Murray O'Hair — both strong-willed champions of liberty and disturbers of the status quo, but women of very different character, purpose and legacy. One is now 91 years old, long esteemed as a brave civil rights leader who refused to smile on demand and who famously brushed away a bayonet. The other was a noisy atheist, reviled as the most hated woman in America; she died a violent death nearly two decades ago. This month marks 50 years since the race riots in Cambridge, the small city on Maryland's Eastern Shore that became a crucible for civil rights in 1963.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff | November 9, 2003
In popular American lore, the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair is the frumpy Baltimore housewife who pried loose the Bible from the loving grasp of the nation's classrooms. Her crowbar was a lawsuit that led to a landmark 1963 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, outlawing prayer in public schools. In reality, O'Hair should be raised on a pedestal as a hero of the American Conservative movement, not only for her matchless recruiting for the nascent Christian Right, but also as a precursor for everything that has gone wrong with the tone and tenor of today's political discourse.
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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Don't tell Hans Kasten that there are no atheists in foxholes. As an Army infantryman during World War II, Kasten fought his way across France during the summer of 1944. Captured at the Battle of the Bulge, he was taken to Stalag 9B, where he was elected leader of the prisoners, responsible for thousands. At no point during his ordeal, he says, did he turn to God. "I was thinking of getting the hell out of there," says Kasten, an atheist since age 15. "I don't know how many foxholes I've been in all across France and then Luxembourg, and the farthest thing from my mind was thinking of anybody to help me."
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1999
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- When the mystery first hooked private eye Tim Young, he fancied it would end in Auckland, New Zealand, 7,000 miles from home. He'd stroll down a sunny street and there they would be, the world's three most famous missing atheists -- Madalyn Murray O'Hair, son Jon Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray-O'Hair."
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2000
ANNAPOLIS -- His big, loud mom, famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, is silent now, presumed dead and dismembered somewhere in the dirt of Texas hill country. But son William J. Murray, her one-time accomplice and latter-day foe, hasn't stopped fighting against her legacy. So it was that Murray, 53, showed up yesterday at the Capitol to testify in favor of school prayer before a Maryland legislative committee, still trying to undo what O'Hair did nearly 40 years ago. Murray was a ninth-grader then at Woodbourne Junior High (now Chinquapin Middle School)
NEWS
May 19, 1993
William J. Murray, a plaintiff in the 1963 Supreme Court cas that banned prayer in public schools, will speak at 7 p.m. May 30 at Hampstead Baptist Church, 328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.Mr. Murray is the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the Baltimore atheist who filed the suit that eventually resulted in the banning of prayer in the nation's public schools. Ms. O'Hair now lives in Texas.Once vice president of the American Atheists, Mr. Murray became a born-again Christian in 1980.He is director of the William J. Murray Evangelistic Association and the author of "My Life Without God," "Nicaragua: Portrait of a Tragedy" and "The Complete Constitution."
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By COX NEWS SERVICE | January 25, 2001
AUSTIN, Texas - The man suspected in the kidnapping and killing of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair struck a deal with prosecutors yesterday, possibly setting in motion the final search for the bodies of O'Hair and two of her relatives. David Roland Waters, the longtime suspect in the O'Hair family disappearance, was expected to plead guilty to reduced charges in exchange for leading prosecutors to the remains of O'Hair, her son Jon Garth Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray-O'Hair.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents searched two remote sites in Texas yesterday, stepping up the search for the body of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist leader who disappeared in 1995 with her son, her granddaughter and $500,000 in gold coins, government officials here said.After digging throughout the day, searchers had failed to find any trace of O'Hair, whose Supreme Court case in 1963 led to a ban on organized prayer in the public schools.But the officials said agents of the FBI and local authorities in Texas were hopeful that they were finally close to a solution for the perplexing 4-year-old case.
NEWS
By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Don't tell Hans Kasten that there are no atheists in foxholes. As an Army infantryman during World War II, Kasten fought his way across France during the summer of 1944. Captured at the Battle of the Bulge, he was taken to Stalag 9B, where he was elected leader of the prisoners, responsible for thousands. At no point during his ordeal, he says, did he turn to God. "I was thinking of getting the hell out of there," says Kasten, an atheist since age 15. "I don't know how many foxholes I've been in all across France and then Luxembourg, and the farthest thing from my mind was thinking of anybody to help me."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff | November 9, 2003
In popular American lore, the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair is the frumpy Baltimore housewife who pried loose the Bible from the loving grasp of the nation's classrooms. Her crowbar was a lawsuit that led to a landmark 1963 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, outlawing prayer in public schools. In reality, O'Hair should be raised on a pedestal as a hero of the American Conservative movement, not only for her matchless recruiting for the nascent Christian Right, but also as a precursor for everything that has gone wrong with the tone and tenor of today's political discourse.
NEWS
By COX NEWS SERVICE | January 25, 2001
AUSTIN, Texas - The man suspected in the kidnapping and killing of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair struck a deal with prosecutors yesterday, possibly setting in motion the final search for the bodies of O'Hair and two of her relatives. David Roland Waters, the longtime suspect in the O'Hair family disappearance, was expected to plead guilty to reduced charges in exchange for leading prosecutors to the remains of O'Hair, her son Jon Garth Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray-O'Hair.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2000
ANNAPOLIS -- His big, loud mom, famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, is silent now, presumed dead and dismembered somewhere in the dirt of Texas hill country. But son William J. Murray, her one-time accomplice and latter-day foe, hasn't stopped fighting against her legacy. So it was that Murray, 53, showed up yesterday at the Capitol to testify in favor of school prayer before a Maryland legislative committee, still trying to undo what O'Hair did nearly 40 years ago. Murray was a ninth-grader then at Woodbourne Junior High (now Chinquapin Middle School)
NEWS
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1999
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- When the mystery first hooked private eye Tim Young, he fancied it would end in Auckland, New Zealand, 7,000 miles from home. He'd stroll down a sunny street and there they would be, the world's three most famous missing atheists -- Madalyn Murray O'Hair, son Jon Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray-O'Hair."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents searched two remote sites in Texas yesterday, stepping up the search for the body of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist leader who disappeared in 1995 with her son, her granddaughter and $500,000 in gold coins, government officials here said.After digging throughout the day, searchers had failed to find any trace of O'Hair, whose Supreme Court case in 1963 led to a ban on organized prayer in the public schools.But the officials said agents of the FBI and local authorities in Texas were hopeful that they were finally close to a solution for the perplexing 4-year-old case.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
After 17 months without a word, William Murray figures that his mother, the famous atheist, must be dead by now, if only because she never could have kept her mouth shut this long.That's 17 months without once railing against a televangelist, or browbeating her followers for money, or getting thrown out of a truck stop for profanity. That's almost a year and a half without shouting her fading battle cry -- that she, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the Pope of Organized Atheism, is the Most Hated Woman in America, and (please!
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 14, 2013
The American clock brings us to the 50th anniversaries of two extraordinary events involving two extraordinary women, Gloria Richardson Dandridge and Madalyn Murray O'Hair — both strong-willed champions of liberty and disturbers of the status quo, but women of very different character, purpose and legacy. One is now 91 years old, long esteemed as a brave civil rights leader who refused to smile on demand and who famously brushed away a bayonet. The other was a noisy atheist, reviled as the most hated woman in America; she died a violent death nearly two decades ago. This month marks 50 years since the race riots in Cambridge, the small city on Maryland's Eastern Shore that became a crucible for civil rights in 1963.
FEATURES
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
After 17 months without a word, William Murray figures that his mother, the famous atheist, must be dead by now, if only because she never could have kept her mouth shut this long.That's 17 months without once railing against a televangelist, or browbeating her followers for money, or getting thrown out of a truck stop for profanity. That's almost a year and a half without shouting her fading battle cry -- that she, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the Pope of Organized Atheism, is the Most Hated Woman in America, and (please!
NEWS
By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer | December 13, 1994
The case started quietly enough one October day in 1960 at Woodbourne Junior High School (now Chinquapin Middle School) in Northeast Baltimore.William J. Murray, the 14-year-old son of Madalyn Murray, a psychiatric case worker, stood at the back of a classroom and pronounced morning prayers "ridiculous." He told school authorities that there was no way they could force him to pray.That simple act led three years later to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling that school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading violated the First Amendment.
NEWS
May 19, 1993
William J. Murray, a plaintiff in the 1963 Supreme Court cas that banned prayer in public schools, will speak at 7 p.m. May 30 at Hampstead Baptist Church, 328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.Mr. Murray is the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the Baltimore atheist who filed the suit that eventually resulted in the banning of prayer in the nation's public schools. Ms. O'Hair now lives in Texas.Once vice president of the American Atheists, Mr. Murray became a born-again Christian in 1980.He is director of the William J. Murray Evangelistic Association and the author of "My Life Without God," "Nicaragua: Portrait of a Tragedy" and "The Complete Constitution."
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