The Worldnutdaily has been furiously pimping a new book by William Murray, the son of American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair. They’re doing it the way they always do, with advertisements disguised as fake articles where they “report” the author’s thoughts about whatever is in the news right now. And their latest fake article is a real doozy. Did you know that the Supreme Court’s health care ruling is all O’Hair’s fault? How’s that, you ask? Wait until you see this tortured bit of sophistry.
Engel v. Vitale, decided on June 25, 1962, determined it wasn’t constitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer or encourage its recitation in public schools…
This decision paved the way for the Supreme Court to rule on June 13, 1965, (Abington School District v. Schempp) that school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional.
Consolidated into this case was Murray v. Curlett, which was a suit filed by the founder of the American Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who argued that her young son shouldn’t have to be exposed to Bible readings in Baltimore public schools.
First of all, the Schempp decision was handed down in 1963, not 1965, and on June 17, not June 25. But more importantly, I’m amused at how oblivious the wingnuts are to their own inconsistencies. Remember, these are the people who claim that the individual mandate is tyranny! Fascism! The beginning of the Fourth Reich! And yet they are still outraged that the government can no longer force schoolchildren to recite government-mandated and written prayers and force them to read the Bible.
So what does any of this have to do with health care reform or the individual mandate? Nothing, of course, but William Murray has an amusingly idiotic argument to make. Murray, you see, converted not only to Christianity but to a particularly stupid version of it.
In an interview with WND, Murray spoke of the Engel v. Vitale case as one of the key Supreme Court decisions that inevitably led to the federal government getting involved in health care.
“Though it wasn’t as far-reaching and it didn’t affect the lives of everyday Americans as much as this case did today, the case [Engel v. Vitale] was a precursor to the case that removed Bible verses and prayer from school,” said Murray, whose book, “My Life Without God,” documents what his young life was like growing up with a committed communist like O’Hair as his mother.
“The 1963 case was one of the troika of cases that worked to destroy the basic family unit,” Murray explained. “One of the striking things about Obamacare is that it was pushed and promoted out of its necessity because of the breakup of the family. There is no one to take care of the family, because of this.
“Medical care since the time of Genesis was always a family responsibility,” Murray said. “But because government has interfered in the family, and because it has eliminated the three-generation household and eliminated the ability for families to take care of their own, the individual mandate becomes mandated.
“That necessitated intervention, in the eyes of the state,” he concluded.