Most Americans today would have a difficult time naming the man responsible for bringing the recent case to take "Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Supreme Court, even though Michael Newdow is arguably America's most well-known--and most detested--living atheist.
He is the author of the forthcoming book, "Shocked by the Bible 2: Connecting the Dots in Scripture to Reveal the Truth They Don't Want You to Know," a follow-up to his No.1 best-seller "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told" It was in 2006 during an overseas trip that Kirsten Powers says, “I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality.
Jehovah Witness doctrine was founded by Charles Taze Russell.
He was only 18 years old when he began a Bible study that focused on the second coming of Jesus, as well as the chronology of the Bible.
She took credit and then went on to say that she wasn't done, that she was going to go on and challenge all kinds of other church-state matters."Undeterred by the backlash (O'Hair received death threats and was the victim of vandalism long after the 1963 decision), O'Hair continued to insert herself into church and state legal battles as the country's atheist-in-chief. The Atheist who made Americans stop to take a little stock of their accepted values." Later in 1963, O'Hair founded American Atheists, which remains one of the most activist atheist groups in the U. None, however, were as successful or as notorious as Murray v. In late 1963, she unsuccessfully sued the city of Baltimore to eliminate the city's tax exemptions for churches.
"I am an Atheist," she wrote in the "Why I Am an Atheist" pamphlet. She also challenged the school board of Baltimore to remove "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and filed suit over Maryland's "moment of silence" law, also without success.
Still, these suits managed to keep O'Hair in the public eye long after the 1963 decision.