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Madalyn Murray O’Hair Interview (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-23

Duration: 00:07:57

Subjects: Atheists | Religion | O'Hair, Madalyn Murray


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • O'Hair, Madalyn Murray Interviewee
  • Bundesen, Lynne Interviewee


This segment from the November 23, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ interview with Madalyn Murray O’Hair, a well-known atheist and the plaintiff in a United States Supreme Court case that banned the mandatory reading of the Bible in public schools. She discusses: the separation of church and state; the Catholic Church’s fight to ban abortion; her concerns about the influence of Reverend Jerry Falwell on the Reagan Administration; and her plans to fight against President Ronald Reagan’s social policies. Ekings also interviews Lynne Bundesen, a journalist who covers women and religion. Host: Beth Courtney