by Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
Here is the story about the Supreme Court case brought by an Atheist which helped to end mandatory prayer and bible recitation in the United States. The 1950's was a time when government insisted that goodness was godliness. Religious symbols were sprouting on city and state property around the nation. Prayer breakfasts were fast becoming a part of the political and public life. If there was ever a time for an Atheist to be in the closet, this was it.
Yet one Atheist -- Madalyn Murray -- stepped forward to challenge the growing institutionalization of religion in American public life. As a result of challenging prayer in schools, she lost her job; friends melted away in the heat of controversy. Her home was vandalized. She was bombarded with hate mail and harassing phone calls. Merchants refused to sell to her. Her children were beaten, over and over again.
Now, over three decades after the Murray case, religionists are still fighting to put prayer back in the schools; it's time for Atheists and civil libertarians to read once again the personal story of what happened to the family who stood up for First Amendment rights! "An Atheist Epic" is the full account of the battle.
Paperback. 302 pp.