What to say, really, when viewing the demented rise and even more demented fall of someone who, in a healthier culture than ours, would never had been dispensed the power and privilege she flaunted and abused?
Atheist leader Madelyn Murray O’Haire was given money, fame and power for her activism, which dealt less with making things better for her community and more with attacking religious people, calling them stupid for believing in God and mocking the Pope.
Ironically, after she became the leader of an Atheist organization and the most famous Atheist in America, she would mirror the arrogance, bullying, corruption, egomania, intolerance and bad behavior of the worst of televisions evangelists.
I hate to say this, but I feel like her tactic of going on TV talk shows and acting outrageously for fame and fortune could lead one to believe she was “ahead of her time.”
Another aspect of the documentary is that one of her sons became a Christian and started a Christian political action group, therefore, becoming a commander for the other side in the war against religion that she waged all of her life.
(Note: When I say that she “waged” war on religion, I do not think all Atheist activists wage war with Theists, but just most, instead, fight battles over religion being in public life, such as city-sponsored Nativity scenes. Most Atheists do not insult people who believe differently than they do. She built a career out of mocking and insulting religion.)
Her ugly, hateful life ended in an ugly, violent death.