William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., active on issues related to aiding Christians in Islamic and Communist nations.
William is the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an United States atheist activist who came to national attention in Baltimore, Maryland when she filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the United States, saying that compulsory prayer and reading of the Bible in schools was unconstitutional.
Murray converted to Christianity in 1980. His mother reportedly stated, upon learning of his conversion, "One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times ... he is beyond human forgiveness." He felt similarly negative toward her in his first book, My Life Without God, as he made allegations such as: "She was just evil … She misused the trust of people. She cheated children out of their parents' inheritance."
William J. Murray is the author of several books including Let Us Pray and The Church Is Not For Perfect People. His most recent book is The Pledge: One Nation Under God, for which the foreword, "A Washington, DC insider", was written by Congressman Todd Akin.
- My Life Without God. Harvest House Publishers, 1982, ISBN 0-7369-0315-1.
- The Church Is Not For Perfect People Harvest House Publishers, 1987, 0-89081-602-6
- Let Us Pray: A Plea for Prayer in Our Schools 1995, ISBN 0688145639
- Stop the Y2K Madness! 1999, ISBN 0940917041
- The Pledge: One Nation Under God. AMG 2007. ISBN 0899570356, ISBN 978-0899570358.
- Robert Bryce (7 June 1999). "Preying on Atheists" (html). Austin Chronicle. http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/vol18/issue40/pols.athiests.html.
- Alan Wolfe (12 April 2004). "Among the Non-Believers" (html). The New Republic. http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?pt=PV5okokB29MYOvW1rabA4W==.
- William J. Murray (1 March 1999). "Statement" (html). Religious Freedom Coalition, rfcnet.org. http://www.rfcnet.org/news/default.asp?action=detail&article=144.