American Atheists, Inc. P O Box 140195 Austin, TX 78714-0195 (512) 458-1244 November 25, 1

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American Atheists, Inc. P O Box 140195 Austin, TX 78714-0195 (512) 458-1244 November 25, 1994 Rep. Newt Gingrich 2428 Russell House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-1006 in re: Silent Prayer in Public Schools Newt Gingrich: It is disingenuous of you to propose a constitutional amendment to place silent prayer in the public schools. And, it is interesting that mainline religions, civil libertarian groups, and politicians of all stripes speak to prayer. Everyone involved, however, knows that is not the real issue. The underlying question is: "What good is prayer since there is no god to whom it can be addressed?" Curiously your remarks reflect that you have a basic recognition of the problem as you repeat the Atheist plea that all of humankind must contend with "objective reality," an Ayn Rand phrase constantly used by Atheists to separate nature from religious fantasy. In fact, your initial statement was to the effect that: We need the debate over secularism versus the right of a spiritual life. We need the debate over freedom of religion versus freedom against (i.e. from) religion. American Atheists is in hearty agreement with your perception. Indeed, let us have the show down. Does our heritage give us "freedom of the mind" or constriction of thinking by adherence to the dogmas of defunct religious ideology? Is your "life of the spirit and the soul" with power "from the Creator" an appropriate basis on which to order life or should we embrace a weltanschauung (a comprehensive conception of the world) based on objective reality? AMERICAN ATHEIST GHQ INC. Madalyn Murray O'Hair Founder Jon G. Murray President *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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