"AN ATHEIST BELIEVES THAT A HOSPITAL SHOULD BE BUILT INSTEAD OF A CHURCH. AN ATHEIST BELIEVES THAT A DEED MUST BE DONE INSTEAD OF A PRAYER SAID. AN ATHEIST STRIVES FOR INVOLVEMENT IN LIFE AND NOT ESCAPE INTO DEATH. (S)HE WANTS DISEASE CONQUERED, POVERTY VANISHED, WAR ELIMINATED."

     "ATHEISM MAY BE DEFINED AS THE MENTAL ATTITUDE WHICH UNRESERVEDLY ACCEPTS THE SUPREMACY OF REASON AND AIMS AT ESTABLISHING A LIFESTYLE AND ETHICAL OUTLOOK VERIFIABLE BY EXPERIENCE AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, INDEPENDENT OF ALL ARBITRARY ASSUMPTIONS OF AUTHORITY AND CREEDS."

MADALYN MURRAY O'HAIR

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 19, 2014 at 9:16am

Part of Madalyn's problem was that was was, indeed, ahead of her time.  I still remember her Playboy Interview and that I was utterly put off by her corrosive and confrontational attitude ... by 1960s standards.  That same interview in a 21st century light would possibly put her in the same league with Christopher Hitchens ... though I'd be dubious about the Hitch expressing an interest in "stud service," which O'Hair absolutely did in that same interview and certainly hurt her credibility with her audience at the time.

Then again, Hitch was in favor of the Gulf War, which many of us oppose ... so we might be a while finding that "one without sin" to throw the first stone.

Comment by kent l thompson on January 18, 2014 at 2:51pm

Me alsodennis.......I was conditioned to think she was an evil bitch which today I wish I could have seen that she was a brilliant freethinker ahead of her time.....

Comment by kent l thompson on January 18, 2014 at 2:47pm

Madalyn...........born before her time.....such a delightful person who was not afraid to speak the truth whether society was ready for it or not.....RIP.....

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2014 at 8:53pm

good quotes

Comment by Michael Penn on January 17, 2014 at 3:06pm

I think it's a well said quote. Funny thing is, back when Madalyn Murray O'Hair and part of her family was murdered, I was still a theist. I remember quite clearly thinking that maybe god killed her for not believing in him. When the killer was caught I then thought that maybe god allowed the murders because she did not believe in him.

This sounds so strange to me today, but it's the line of thinking that comes from being a believer. It's circular reasoning. This is all a part of WHY the christians fight so hard against the atheists and refuse to see evidence or the lack of it.

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