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Madalyn Murray O'Hair

  • ... religion is a crutch, and only the crippled need crutches.

    • Madalyn Murray O'Hair,
    • interview, in Playboy ()
  • ... I picked up the Bible and read it from cover to cover one weekend — just as if it were a novel — very rapidly, and I've never gotten over the shock of it. The miracles, the inconsistencies, the improbabilities, the impossibilities, the wretched history, the sordid sex, the sadism in it — the whole thing shocked me profoundly.

    • Madalyn Murray O'Hair,
    • interview, in Playboy ()
  • At no time have I ever said that people should be stripped of their right to the insanity of belief in God. If they want to practice this kind of irrationality, that's their business. It won't get them anywhere; it certainly won't make them happier or more compassionate human beings; but if they want to chew that particular cud. they're welcome to it.

    • Madalyn Murray O'Hair,
    • interview, in Playboy ()
  • If anybody wants to engage in any kind of sexual activity with any consenting partner, that is their business. Anybody can do anything they damn well please, as long as the relationship isn't exploitive. And I don't feel that legality should have anything to do with it. There are certain bodily functions of mine which I will not allow to be supervised.

    • Madalyn Murray O'Hair,
    • interview, in Playboy ()
  • Atheists have an excellent longevity record because we have no place to go after we die, so we take good care of ourselves and our world while we are here.

    • Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Madalyn Murray O'Hair, U.S. atheist activist

(1919 - 1995)