"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned"
This is a line from The Mourning Bride, a play written by English playwright, William Congreve. In my opinion, that line also describes the ulterior motive of a woman who filed a lawsuit to end bible readings, in most public schools across the country. She also tried to milk money from
Unlike the little old woman who sued over hot coffee, money was not the main objective of the woman who filed a lawsuit, claiming schools violated Separation of Church and State. It is my belief that revenge against a man, however, was.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, a self-avowed atheist, filed a lawsuit that, for me in my experiences, snowballed into the decline of morals and values running rampant in our public schools today. I think she filed this suit to demand retribution from a married man, a Roman Catholic married man, who refused to divorce his wife to marry Madalyn. He did not refuse to divorce his wife because he was a moral man, I believe; after all, he was an adulterer. He claimed it was against his religion to divorce his wife.
My belief is that Madalyn, blinded by rage against the Catholics, decided to sue her son's school district to drive the very God the man who jilted her believed in, out of schools, for spite. I believe Ms. O'Hair accomplished a great deal more.
As the parent of two teens in high school, I can tell you with strength of my convictions that violence has escalated in the public schools since that fateful day in the 1960's.
I found it ironic that from of the very school, Abington High School, where Ms. O'Hare filed her lawsuit, students that bashed 16-year-old Eddie Polec's head in with baseball bats, back in November of 1994. The courts sentenced the worst of that bunch to a mere eighteen months in jail.
Since the Supreme Court ruled 'prayer in school unconstitutional' in 1963, America witnessed the assassinations of three great leaders, John and Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. Violent protests of the Vietnam War escalated as the decade of the 1960's came to the close. Men burned their draft cards; women burned their bras. Kids dropped out of school and went on drugs.
Children currently attending public school have witnessed the massacres at Columbine and Virginia Tech. Many students, who escaped the slaughter, told how they hid and prayed the gunmen would not find them.
(Surprisingly enough, Michael Moore did not relay this information in his mocumentary about Columbine.)
Those of us with children in a public high school today may, or may not believe that reading a Bible verse or two, could only help the determination of the morale of students in our public schools, since the 1960's.
One school in Philadelphia, PA, fifteen minutes from the Abington High School, built a cement wall down the middle of the school, hoping to cut down on the 'violence between the students'. This particular high school went through twenty principals in two years because of the violence. In addition, the wall did not help.
For those of you who hail Madalyn O'Hare as a hero for standing up for what she duped everyone into believing was a violation of her rights, I would like to share the following with you.
Sometime after Madalyn O'Hare was murdered, her son, William Murray, spoke of his mother, according to an article at Wikipedia.com:
In 1980, William Murray, Madalyn O' Hare's son, was baptized at a Baptist church in Dallas, where he took up work as a preacher. This led to a permanent estrangement between mother and son.
As Madalyn O'Hare put it, "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."
Her son said of her: "My mother was an evil person... Not for removing prayer from America's schools... No, she was just evil. She stole huge amounts of money. She misused the trust of people. She cheated children out of their parents' inheritance. She cheated on her taxes and even stole from her own organizations. She once printed up phony stock certificates on her own printing press to try to take over another atheist publishing company."
After hearing, what her son had to say about her, I believe now more than before that when a woman such as Madalyn O' Hare, breaks at least three of The Ten Commandments, that would be more than ample reason for her not to not want God's word read to her son, or to be read anywhere.
Humorous Side Note: I write articles about the US Space Program for the Examiner, so I found it amusing that O'Hare also tried to sue NASA because the Apollo 8 astronauts, Anders, Borman and Lovell, read a few Bible verses from the book of Genesis.
The problem the courts had with allowing this frivolous suit, I would imagine, was that the astronauts read from the Bible while orbiting the moon, and as far as I know there was no such thing as "Separation of Church and Space" in 1968. There may be now, however.
Apollo 8 liftoff December 21, 1968, the year US astronauts Anders, Borman and Lovell, spent Christmas orbiting the moon!