William J. Murray Drops Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

William J. Murray Drops Petition to Become Guardian of the Estate of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair

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William J. Murray, the son of missing atheist leader Madalyn Murray-O'Hair, announces that he is dropping his petition with the courts to become guardian of the estates of his mother, her granddaughter Robin Murray-O'Hair, and her other son Jon Garth Murray. All three disappeared in September, 1995, and haven't been seen since.

According to Murray:

"It is financially too costly and emotionally too costly. It's just too expensive for me. I guess the court can find another guardian. The atheist don't want me as guardian anyway. I do not feel like I should be in an adversarial relationship with these people."

William J. Murray, who filed for guardianship a the beginning of the month, was the subject of the 1963 Supreme Court case which banned state and local governments from writing prayers, mandating prayers, or setting aside special time for prayer in public schools.

Murray has since become a conservative evangelical Christian minister and he says he regrets his role in that case. Today, he wishes that Christian would be promoted and endorsed by the states in government schools.

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