Madalyn Murray Sues to Ban Bible Reading, Lord’s Prayer, in Baltimore Schools
Madalyn Murray (later O’Hair) was the most famous atheist of her time and an active opponent of government-sponsored religion. On this day, she and her son sued the Baltimore Public Schools for holding mandatory Bible reading in the schools. The case led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling, Murray v. Curlett, ending official Bible reading in American public schools. The decision is known by the companion case, Abington v. Schempp, decided on June 17, 1973.
Later, O’Hair was an outspoken advocate of atheism and the founder of the organization, American Atheists.
See a Madalyn Murray O’Hair interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rG9VI00Xqs&feature=related
Read: Bryan LeBeau, The Atheist: Madalyn Murray O’Hair (2003)
Learn more at a First Amendment Guide to the Bible and the public schools: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/madison/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bible_guide_graphics.pdf
Read Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s FBI file: http://vault.fbi.gov/Madalyn%20Murray%20OHair
Learn more about separation of church and state: https://www.au.org/
Read: Jeremy Gunn and John Witte, No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty (2012)