Madalyn Murray O’Hair Blasts Religious Freedom Restoration Act
For those who have been uncomfortable in their support of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because liberal groups also support the legislation—you can now breathe easier. Madalyn Murray O’Hair has written an article denouncing the bill.
In her American Atheist magazine, O’Hair blasts not only the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but the Declaration of Independence, Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments, and Jefferson’s Bill Establishing Religious Freedom. She ridicules all traditional views of free exercise of religion as “special privileges of god’s agents.”
O’Hair praises the Smith II decision saying, “the government’s position should be upheld when possible because it reflects the will of the true majority of the people.”
She complains that the First Amendment—and by clear implication, the RFRA does not cover “American Atheists of any stripe.”
O’Hair mixes nasty shots at virtually every religious group with a surprisingly accurate review of the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Employment v. Smith. However, her accurate description of the decision leads her to praise it for the very reason we denounce it: it is a clear retreat from high protection for religious liberty.
She saves special jabs for her usual friends in the ACLU who have supported the RFRA, stating that “ACLU should be ashamed to have introduced it.” She says that the ACLU’s support of the bill “shows the power of the Jewish faction of the ACLU.”
O’Hair is right about one thing: all those who value free exercise of religion have banded together to support the RFRA. O’Hair hates religion and accordingly hates high-level protection for religious freedom. It is comforting to have the right enemy!