William J. Murray
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- For the New York politician, see William J. Murray (New York).
|William J. Murray|
|Born||William J. Murray III
May 25, 1946
Ashland County, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, Minister, Lobbyist|
|Organization||Religious Freedom Coalition|
|Known for||Murray vs. Curlett
Son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair
My Life Without God
|Children||Robin (deceased), +1 more|
|Parent(s)||William J. Murray, Jr.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair (deceased)
|Relatives||Jon Garth Murray (half-brother; deceased)|
William J. Murray III, also known as Bill Murray (born May 1946) is an American author, Baptist minister, and social conservative lobbyist who currently serves as the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., active on issues related to aiding Christians in Islamic and Communist countries. The son of the late atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Murray played a significant part alongside his mother in the ending of mandatory prayer in public schools in 1963.
William J. Murray III was born in Ohio in 1946, the son of William J. Murray, Jr. and Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an atheist activist who came to national attention in 1960 when she filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the United States, stating that compulsory prayer and reading of the Bible in public schools was unconstitutional. The Murrays' case, Murray v. Curlett, was ultimately folded into Abington School District v. Schempp, a landmark 1963 ruling which held mandatory Bible reading in public schools to be unconstitutional. After experiencing bullying and attacks as a boy, he found more acceptance after transferring to Baltimore's Polytechnic High School.
Throughout his life, Murray has worked in various industries in the private sector, including the airline industry.
Murray became a Christian in 1980. Learning of his conversion, his mother commented: "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." Madalyn, William's daughter Robin, and William's brother Jon Garth Murray were later kidnapped and murdered by former American Atheists employee David Roland Waters.
- My Life Without God. Harvest House Publishers, 1982, ISBN 0-7369-0315-1.
- The Church Is Not For Perfect People Harvest House Publishers, 1987, ISBN 0-89081-602-6
- Let Us Pray: A Plea for Prayer in Our Schools 1995, ISBN 0-688-14563-9
- Stop the Y2K Madness! 1999, ISBN 0-940917-04-1
- The Pledge: One Nation Under God. AMG 2007. ISBN 0-89957-035-6, ISBN 978-0-89957-035-8. Freeware written by Todd Akin
- Robert Bryce (4 June 1999). "Preying on Atheists". Austin Chronicle.
- Interview by Vic Eliason with Bill Murray in early 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emrr-fQLYl0 the 20 minute, 50 second mark
- Dracos, Ted (2003). UnGodly: The Passions, Torments, and Murder of Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Free Press. p. 138. ISBN 0743228332. OL 7927528M.
- "True Confession". Dallas Observer. 2003-07-10.