Her•Story is Secular Woman’s collection of biographies of notable secular women, both historical and contemporary. The project aims to counter the ahistorical narrative that persists among some in the broader secular movement that women activists are some new and exotic species, and not the amazing badasses they are and have always been. (Here is an introduction to the series, written for Secular Woman by Your Humble Monarch™.)
Thus I am proud, thrilled and grateful to my co-blogger and friend Don Ardell for allowing his Palace post on Madalyn Murray O’Hair to be included with the Her•Story biographies. It was just published at Secular Woman today.
I am great admirer of O’Hair, who founded American Atheists and whose objection to Bible readings in public schools led to the Supreme Court declaring that bullshit unconstitutional in 1963. She was fearless in debates with religious leaders, and she wasn’t afraid to express sentiments like this one:
I’ll tell you what you did with atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hanged them, burnt them alive. And you have nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you?
See? Fucking badass. And a mocker to boot, after my own heart. ♥
Thanks and congratulations on his fine article to Don, who is now officially an Internet Feminist™.