11th November 2008

“An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.”

Madalyn Murray O'Hair1919 – 1995

3 Responses to “11th November 2008”

  1. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    Madalyn lived in my hometown of Austin. The Atheist headquarters were about a mile from the house I grew up in. Even though, during her “glory years” when she accomplished so much of such great value, I was not in a particularly religious stage of my life, I had been brought up in the church and to believe that she was wrong in what she thought and did. Nevertheless, I watched her at every opportunity and discovered that she was an intelligent, articulate speaker and that her responses always made more sense than those who opposed her or simply interviewed her.

    Now that I have become an atheist once again (having, like everyone else, been born that way) I see her for the brilliant spokeswoman and strategist that she was. It would break her heart and kindle her significant ire to know of the activities of the militant creationists these days.

    If everyone could simply absorb the quote supplied here, there would be no more prejudice against atheists. Moreover, as the information was fully digested, there would be a gradual fading of religion worldwide.



  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    I do agree with your remarks.
    I like too your saying that you “have becoome an atheist once again.”

    I have raised the point with many christians, pointing out that they were born atheists and that they had christianity thrust upon them (and if they had been born in Iran, say, they would have had Islam skewered into their heads).

    But the christians close their minds to this, claiming that they were born into a christian ambiance, and that they were destined to be baptised soon as christians, . . . and so on.

    It is, though, a powerful tool of argument for atheists to insist that religion is a state of mind—the result of indoctrination—and they cannot escape from the truth that their brains were religion-free at the time they were born.

  3. Chris Says:

    Ms. O’Hair would be gratified to know that the Atheist Community of Austin is alive and well and has a very good public access TV show and an internet podcast. I highly recommend them both. They are always thought provoking and some of the callers are VERY entertaining. You can see The Atheist Experience on Google video and Non-Prophets radio from the ACA web site. Almost wish I lived there!