In 1960, Madalyn Murray O’Hair filed a lawsuit against the public school system of Baltimore on behalf of her young son, William, to stop Bible reading. In 1963 the case went before the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled Bible reading to be unconstitutional in public schools. This was one year after the same court had ruled against prayer. Twenty years later, William wrote the following letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun, May 10, 1980: “First, I would like to apologize to the people of the City of Baltimore for whatever part I played in the removal of Bible reading and praying from the public schools of that city. I now realize the value of this great tradition and the importance it has played in the past in keeping America a moral and lawful country. I can now see the damage this removal has caused to our nation in the form of loss of faith and moral decline. Being raised as an atheist in the home of Madalyn O’Hair, I was not aware of faith or even the existence of God. As I now look back over 33 years of life wasted without faith in God, I pray only that I can, with His help, right some of the wrong and evil I have caused through my lack of faith. Our nation, our people, now face a trying time in this world of chaos. It is only with a return to our traditional values and our faith in God that we will be able to survive as a people” (William Murray, My Life Without God, 2012 edition, chapter 19).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 25, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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