William J. Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, is encouraged by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding prayers in Town Hall meetings.
Murray was interviewed by Jerome Corsi for WorldNetDaily. Murray was at the center of the infamous Supreme Court decision in 1963 that threw prayer out of the public schools.
Murray’s mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, was a notorious atheist activist who sued the Baltimore School District for requiring each school day to start with Bible reading or the Lord’s Prayer.
William J. Murray was the plaintiff in this famous case, “Murray v. Curlett” that ended up at the Supreme Court.
He became a Christian in 1980 and has been working to defend the public expression of faith ever since. His book, My Life Without God describes his life as an atheist and the son of the most infamous atheist in America at the time.
Murray noted of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, “This case refutes a claim made by the political left today that a person has an inherent right in the Constitution of the United States that says nobody can say anything or write anything that offends me or my ideas.”
He continued: “If I don’t have the right to offend somebody today, then I don’t have the right to free speech….If we want to go down this track, then people will end up like sheep where we are afraid to say anything to anybody unless all we talk about is the weather.”
He cited the examples of NBA owner Donald Sterling for his racist rant, and for Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was pressured out of his job because he supported traditional marriage.
“It’s outrageous that two U.S. citizens like Donald Sterling and Brendan Eich had threatened their legitimate property rights as U.S. citizens simply because someone found politically offensive something they said or did. The idea that you can strip a person of their property simply because they have offended someone is a step too far.”
He also pointed out the case of British citizen Paul Weston, who was recently arrested in England for quoting Winston Churchill on the evils of Islam.