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Summary of eRumor:
warnings say that famed Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair has petitioned the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to take religious music and programs off radio
and television. A petition number is mentioned, RM-2493, and people are encouraged
to call or write the FCC to protest the petition and urge the FCC to reject it.
such petition has ever been presented to the FCC by Madalyn Murray O'Hair or her
organization of American atheists. In fact, this eRumor is more than 20
years old and has produced more mail response to the FCC than anything in its
An interesting twist is that Madalyn Murray O'Hair has been out of
the picture since she disappeared in August, 1995. In January,
2001, authorities in Texas found her remains in a shallow grave and
the question then became what would happen to the Madalyn Murray
O'Hair eRumors? We got our answer less than a month later when
we started receiving versions of the rumors that began with, "THOUGH
SHE'S DEAD AND HAS JUST BEEN LOCATED AFTER 5 YEARS, THIS
LADY CONTINUES TO HAUNT US FROM HER SHALLOW GRAVE. - GET THIS:"
So, it looks like the Madalyn Murray O'Hair eRumors will survive for
One of the reasons this FCC rumor is so believable
is that Madalyn Murray O'Hair shocked the nation more than two decades ago by
participating in legal action that resulted in the United States Supreme Court
decision pulling prayer and Bible reading out of the classrooms in public
There is a petition RM-2493, but it was
filed by a couple of fellows who felt that churches and religious organizations
should not be operating so many FM radio frequencies that are classed as
"educational." They asked the FCC to take several actions
including freezing all new applications from religious organizations seeking
educational frequencies and regulating the content of religiously operated
stations. This prompted religious broadcasters to ask for public response
to the FCC on the matter and the FCC eventually issued a ruling that was
favorable to the religious broadcasters.
Another version of this eRumor warns that O'Hair is trying to remove
references to God on the television program "Touched By an
here for those details.
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WILL
MAKE A DIFFERENCE I THINK.....
Madeline Murray O'Hare, an atheist, successfully eliminated the use of Bible reading and prayer from school fifteen years ago.
Her organization has now been granted a Federal hearing on
the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) in Washington, D.C.
Their petition, No. 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the Gospel on the airwaves
of America. They took this petition with 287,000
signatures to back their stand. If this attempt is successful, all Sunday
Worship services being broadcast either by radio or television will stop.
This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs, Christmas songs, and
Christmas carols from
You can help! We need one million signed letters. This would defeat their
effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well, and
concerned in our country. Please print this letter, then cut off and sign the form below.
PLEASE DO NOT SIGN JOINTLY, such as "Mr. and Mrs." Each person should
sign one letter separately, and mail it in separate envelopes. Be
sure to put "Petition 2493" ON THE ENVELOPE when
you mail the letter.
This has to go out "regular mail."
It's important that you do it right away!
Please e-mail this letter to all your friends and relatives and to anyone you feel led to or have it photocopied and mailed.
Christians must unite on this!
Please do not take this lightly. We did once and lost
prayer in schools and in offices across the nation. We cannot let this
DETACH HERE **************************************
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20054
RE: Petition 2493
I am an American and am very thankful for my American heritage. Our forefathers founded this country under the premise of a strong
belief and faith in
God and His principles. I am also very much aware of the role that
our Christian faith has played in the freedom that we
Americans now enjoy.
Therefore, I protest any effort to remove, from radio or television,
programs designed to nurture faith in God, or to remove Christmas programs, Christmas songs, and
carols from public airwaves, schools, office buildings, etc.
City, State, Zip code:_________________________________________
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