Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations


Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was billed as the world’s greatest infidel and atheist, spoke at a college in Ohio. In her speech she proceeded to take religion apart. She lambasted the clergy and all church officers. She harassed all believing students and professors, and she harangued the foolish thinkers who believed what they read. She made a laughingstock of those who trusted in prayer and mocked the citizens of America so stupid to believe in anything religious.

As the meeting was about to break up, from the back of the auditorium there came a tiny voice of a little college girl. She spoke quietly, and her voice was filled with compassion.

“Mrs. O’Hair, I am so happy you came to speak to all of us here tonight. We have listened with attention to your tirade on our beliefs. We thank you for showing all of us what an atheist is. Now in turn we must be ever grateful for your visit, because now and forever we have been strengthened in our Christian beliefs by listening to you tonight. We really feel sorry for you. I thank you because I know you have strengthened my faith in our Church, in our religion.”

The speaker of the evening was flabbergasted. It seems it was the first time she couldn’t say anything. The applause for the young girl’s response was deafening.

[Reproduced with permission from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan, Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #484]



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