Murray is the son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, whose Supreme Court case took mandatory prayer out of public school and led to her being called “The Most Hated Woman in America.” Even though his mother was hard-core about her atheism (and perhaps because of that), Murray ended up becoming a Christian. Really Christian. Like World Net Daily Christian.
A lot of the interview will make you roll your eyes, but I found it fascinating to watch the news clips from the 1960s at the beginning of the video.
There was also that part toward the end that talks about his mother’s reaction when he told her he was a Christian:
“One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times… he is beyond human forgiveness.”
Murray jumps on that. As if only evil atheists would be so callous. I’m not defending what the mother said. It was an awful thing to say. But it only tells you something about O’Hair, not atheists in general.
What’s amazing is that there’s absolutely no mention of the fact that so many Christian parents have treated their children basically the same way when their kids tell them they’re atheists. They kick them out of the house. They talk about how they’ve failed as parents. They cut off contact. Those stories are all over the place.
Murray is being deceitful and ignorant if he suggests that atheist parents would all go that ballistic if our children became religious. Disappointed? Maybe. Calling for a post-natal abortion? You’d have to be a pretty horrible human being to say something like that.