All The Gods Come
From The Same Place
Dear Mr. Walker,
Hello and how are you today? I hope this e-mail finds you well. I enjoy your website a great deal and find you to be a very intelligent, thoughtful and level-headed individual.
I was hoping you might be able to help track down a resource? They are works by Madeline Murray O'Hare. One was a children's book she wrote called, "Did You Know All The Gods Came From The Same Place?" Have you ever heard of this book and would you know where I might be able to find a copy of it for sale or on the web? I was planning to use some quotes I remember from it in a free-thought newsletter I plan on distributing in my community.
Please reply at your leisure. Thank you for your time & attention.
Thomas M. Fiddler
Xeper & Remanifest!
Adept Thomas Fiddler
-Per Thoth Pylon-
-Gate of the Black Sun-
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <email@example.com>
To: "Thomas Fiddler"
Subject: Re: Greetings!
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:57 PM
"Madeline Murray O'Hare" is a misspelling of Madalyn Murray O'Hair's name that is very popular among those who have perpetrated horrible lies about her. Whenever I get wind of a frantic SPAM or other rumor demanding that we write to the FCC to stop Madalyn Murray O'Hair from doing her evil work, or something along those lines, her name is inevitably spelled this way instead of the way it is actually spelled (or any other misspelling -- just this misspelling). No clue why this is.
The important thing to remember is that Madalyn Murray O'Hair perceived a great wrong and decided to do something about it. She turned out to be right in her perception, but in righting these wrongs, she offended a great many wrongdoers and made quite a name for herself. Thus, no matter how badly someone misspells her name, everybody still knows who that person is talking about! This, to me, is the ultimate act of name recognition, and speaks volumes for Ms. O'Hair's work. May her name live forever -- no matter how it is spelled!
You might be thinking about the book Atheist Primer, which is available on the American Atheists website. If not, then they would know which book you are thinking about. I vaguely remember the phrase you mention, or something similar, and it may be an out-
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Dear Mr. Walker,
Thank you for your kind and timely response. I guess I goofed in the spelling of Ms O'Hair's name. My mistake. I guess I was an unwitting 'victim' of the propaganda. Thank you for the correction.
I have located the book in question and have ordered it. I am trying to do my part in my community to sort of shake up everyone's paradigms a bit with a small newsletter. We'll see what happens in the future.
My congratulations and thanks to you for the work you do. May you have continued success and good fortune.
Thomas M. Fiddler
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