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on September 22, 2016
I worked for Madalyn Murray O'Hair from December 1978 to July 1980 and had a lot of interaction with her. I also read the 1970 version of this memoir. The changes are interesting. Most important thing about this book is that it shows a lot of Madalyn's faults. Her ego was so large that it was delusional. The opening short chapter of her bio up to when the events that ended with her justly famous US Supreme Court victory is almost entirely a fairy tale because her ego couldn't stand the fact that her history was mediocre up to when she launched her lawsuit. The sad purpose of this book seems mostly to slander the ACLU, the Schempps (because her lawsuit was joined with theirs in the subordinate position), and Atheists (because they never gave her as much money as she craved and believed she deserved). She ludicrously glorifies Bill Murray, which she couldn't correct in this 1989 version without totally rewriting it, just like she ludicrously glorified her other son when Bill converted to Christianity and ceased to be the prince who would inherit her Atheist realm. An afterword written by Gerald Tholen attempts to deglorify Bill. In the 1970 version she neglected to write anything that showed she was the constitutional law genius she believed she was. A chapter is added in this 1989 version to correct that defect and she fails to be astonishing. Why do I give this book 5 stars? I love it because it shows Madalyn's true character better than any of her biographers have done. She was petty, she was abusive, she was vindictive, she was a liar, and she was handicapped by her ego. This book shows all of that. What it fails to show is all the wonderful qualities that she did have. Madalyn could have been as great as she always believed she was if she had not had so many heavy psychoquirks holding her down. The tragedy of Madalyn Murray O'Hair is not her horrific murder; it is the fact that she was her own worst enemy. I do recommend this book because she was one of the most fascinating people of the 20th century and is worth knowing even though she was far from being one of the admirable people of the 20th century. — G. Richard Bozarth
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on May 17, 2013
This was madalyns side of the story it was diffrent from her son bills but it was Good . The book wvery happy with this bookas in new condition
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on March 10, 2013
For anyone who wonders why this woman fought for our right to make choices regarding religion and to disallow the governments involvement; this will tell you why. I never understood that she was angry about the way our original constitution had been changed through the decades to fit the political arena that was popular at the time.
Today we can see exactly how these changes have hurt our country and forced every citizen to conform. Every war has originated over religion and many have died for that reason.
This woman was my personal saint.
Before making a decision regarding her lifetime reputation, you need to read this and make your own decision.
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on December 24, 2010
Madalyn Murray O'Hair did more than just advocate Civil Rights and have a few sit-ins as her enemies trivially describe. Madalyn Murray O'Hair was definitely a researcher in every way possible. In order for Madalyn Murray O'Hair to accomplish her goals she had to research who, what, where, when, why, and how to proceed in engaging Atheist and non-Atheist audiences.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair lives in all of us Atheist and I'm honored to carry her fight into the light of day. Unlike Jesus Christ who willingly sacrificed himself upon the cross to committ martyr suicide Madalyn Murray O'Hair was literally "murdered" for what she didn't believe and the religious population of America constantly sent her death threats and even terrorized her children.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair knew that someday she was going to die and I respect her for this because she never asked for it; yet, after reading the two biographies of Madalyn Murray O'Hair by Anne Rowe Seamen and Ted Dracos I have a strong belief that Madalyn's last husband Richard O'Hair (i.e. who was a paid FBI/CIA informant) and her eldest son William Murray had something to do with her death. Isn't it odd that William Murray is now all-of-a-sudden friends with George W. Bush (i.e. Illuminati brotherhood member)? Even David Waters admitted to Danny Frys' brother Bob Fry that he was sent by people "worse than the Mafia" [End Quote]. Who could be more worse than the Mafia except the Catholic Vatican Church, or the CIA?

Remember! The Secret Government has sponsored hit squads in the past. This isn't a new theory that I've created; yet, it's based off the testimony of David Waters. Arnold Via, an Atheist and close friend of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, remarked:

"My theory is, they were kidnapped and are being held prisoner somewhere in this country . Off the wall, I claim the Vatican did it...the Vatican or the CIA. Someone with enough clout to cover it up." [Via, Arnold. "The Case of the Headless, Handless Corpse". Dallas Observer News, February 18th 1999]

Why didn't David Waters when apprehended by law enforcement officials implicate his associates (i.e. The Vatican/FBI)? Well, I don't know! I haven't read any court trial transcripts to know what David Waters said. Nevertheless, David Waters could have been "bluffing" to Bob Fry about him being sent by people "worse than the Mafia" [End Quote]. In order to strike "fear" into the heart of Bob Fry David Waters could have easily preyed upon his emotional state. Lona Manning, freelance writer and researcher, remarks that:

"There were whispers that perhaps the Christian and government persecutions that O'Hair had complained of for years had turned out to be more sinister than anyone imagined. "If you think we are being paranoid," opined a Canadian atheist newsletter, "the religious and government harassment suffered personally by this founding family of American Atheism is well recorded, along with FBI and CIA infiltration of their organizations." O'Hair herself told Life magazine back in 1963 that it would only take one crazy person to end her life: "These death threats are no picnic...I think sooner or later some night some nut is going to get a message from Jesus Christ and I'm going to have had it. But as long as I'm still round I'm going to keep on being a squeaking wheel." When the Murray-O'Hairs disappeared, they left several projects hanging. They had planned to picket the Pope when he visited New York City. They had just ordered a new printing press. Was this proof that they had been abducted, or was it all part of an elaborate scheme to distract their board and employees while they disappeared? Were they just pretending to carry on with business as usual while spiriting money out of the country and quietly packing away their chief asset, a large library of atheist literature? As a bewildered Ellen Johnson put it: "the Murray-O'Hairs left behind the entire contents of the office building, one car, all their personal belongings, their pets, their own bank accounts (i.e. which they have not touched) and the remainder of the office bank accounts and trust fund moneys. This is hard to reconcile with the idea that they were robbing the till so they could escape to Shangri-La." [Manning, Lona. "The Murder of Madalyn Murray O'Hair: America's Most Hated Woman". [...], Crime Magazine; September 23 2003]

Paul Williams in his book The Vatican Exposed documents the history of the Vatican church...how they are engaged in criminal enterprises with government organizations and criminal organizations such as the Mafia. They hire their own financiers, accountants, and control their own money supply. This is what Madalyn Murray O'Hair publicly tried to expose. Madalyn Murray O'Hair was murdered by the Secret Government who used certain individuals (i.e. Richard O'Hair, David Waters, or maybe her eldest son William Murray).

Richard O'Hair was married to Madalyn Murray O'Hair and he admitted to being formerly employed by the FBI/CIA to work as an informant. David Waters wasn't an orthodox believer in any sense; yet, he was a believer. Killing for revenge is a common theme in the Bible. There was even a law that allowed for a relative to go out and kill someone who accidentally killed their relative. They were even given the noble title "Revenger of Blood." (i.e. Numbers 35:19, Deuteronomy 19:6, Joshua 20:3-9).

It's clear that David Waters had a religious mindset because the reason he murdered Madalyn Murray O'Hair was out of "revenge". Madalyn Murray O'Hair wrote an article about David Waters criminal past (i.e. which was true by the way); so, his ego got upset and decided to take out Madalyn Murray O'Hair. David Waters girlfriend, Patti Joe Stevens, acknowledges how David Waters wanted to "pull off her toe nails with pliers" [End Quote]. Where do we find the concept of "revenge"? In the Bible!

Madalyn Murray O'Hair was an Atheist in the worst time of America that one could express themselves. She was a woman loved by few and hated by many; yet, there will always be a place in my heart, mind, and body for Madalyn Murrary O'Hair. Madalyn Murray O'Hair is like a godmother to me! It pisses me off when theists make offensive remarks attacking her when they wouldn't careless to acquaint themselves with her Atheist journey and the many accomplishments she sought to plan for Atheist (i.e. The O'Haire Plan).
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