As we know, the New Atheists do not like “accomodationists.” The problem is that accomodationists do not come down hard enough on religion. By failing to recognize just how dangerous and bad religion is, the accomodationists are considered part of the problem.
So you have to wonder, did Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her group have their battles with accomodationists? It turns out they did. Jon Murray, who helped run American Atheists with his mother, was upset by the fact that other atheists were being too respectful to religion. They had been hardcore in the past, but they were going soft. And Jon did not like this one bit. So he fired off an article for their magazine, American Atheist.
Who were these other accomodationist atheists ?
The Soviet Union.
I kid you not. In 1987, Gnu atheist Jon Murray complained in writing that the Soviet Union was getting much too soft on the question of religion. Read it for yourself:
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[The following excerpts were written by Jon G. Murray
in the “American Atheist” of October, 1987. Jon Murray
is the son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who brought the
successful lawsuit in the ’60s to ban public school
prayers. Murray’s totalitarian ramblings in no way
represent all atheists, but form an example of yet
another group which, while apparently promoting some
side issue, is actually advancing socialism.]
“…If you [an atheist] are confronted by religionists and you show
any sign of compromise or indecision, it will be used against you as
they go for the jugular. This is why the Soviet Union has guarded its
internal affairs so since the end of World War II. It has been attacked
and harassed more than any other nation on earth, with the possible
exceptions of China and Cuba… The adoption of a hard-line internal
policy has been a survival necessity, as has the dedication of a large
proportion of the Soviet economy to “defense.”…If the West had left
the Soviet Union alone, it might not have as much to harp about now
concerning alleged human rights violations.
“Knowing the background of the situation as I do, I am deeply
concerned about new Soviet policies with respect to religion….They
must feel, knowing that religion versus Atheism is one of two basic
factors that keep the cold war going, that they need to show the West
over and over again that they are being fair to the religious. Such a
policy cuts no ice with me, as an Atheist. I think that the religous in
any nation should get what they richly deserve for setting back all of
human culture for thousands of years.
“When a delegation of American Atheists last visited the Soviet
Union, we had an interesting discussion with a high-level official with
the Soviet Bureau of Atheism in Moscow. We asked if the official Soviet
position was to allow parents or, particularly, grandparents to teach
religion to their children, when they were being presented with public
school instruction on Atheism? The answer was yes … We then asked
if it would be all right for that same grandmother to teach her
grandchild about the “superior values of capitalism.” The answer was a
very firm no… We could not make our Soviet counterpart see that one
was equally as dangerous to the overall future of his country as the
“As an Atheist leader, I think that this ultimate sacrifice
[allowing Western religion to invade the Soviet Union] is a mistake.
Opening up to religion and democratization could be the fatal
combination for socialism … If the Socialist countries open up to
religion, religion will destabilize them from the ground up, thus
softening them up for the invasion of capitalism. The Soviet Union,
China, and Cuba are basically poor, working-class countries, and they
will be simply used as slave labor camps for capitalism.
“Religion will move in and destroy the rational base of Socialism.
Once that is accomplished, the idea of democratization is injected into
the culture, thinning out and destroying the leadership, turning
elections into popularity contests, and displacing the workers and
denying them the right to direct participatory self-government. Then
capitalism takes over the economic system, and production for use turns
into production for profit, and workers become wage slaves.”
“I think that the religous in any nation should get what they richly deserve for setting back all of human culture for thousands of years.” Sounds like it could be a sig file for many gnu blogs, eh?