Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning
a book by William J. Murray
(our site's book review)
William J. Murray is the Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition. Murray doesn’t blame Adam Lanza for taking the lives of his own mother and 26 others, including 20 children, in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Instead, the Religious Right activist said it’s the lack of school-sponsored prayer that led to the tragedy—using the tragedy as an excuse to advance an extreme, theocratic agenda. The Religious Freedom Coalition and Murray are now actively involved on Capitol Hill making certain the rights and freedoms of Christians in America are protected. More extremist views: William Murray blames Paris attacks on selfish European women who aren’t having children, and Murray blames a train crash on an engineer being gay. Ouch!
Happily, Murray's Religious Freedom Coalition works to help persecuted Christians and non-Christians around the world, including sending diapers and sanitary supplies. Anyone aiding the persecuted has his heart in the right place.
Murray's mother successfully worked to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended
His mother successfully worked to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. She brought a suit—which was son William's idea!—against the Baltimore Public School System in the 1960s that went all the way to the Supreme Court and ended prayer in public schools in 1963. Murray must have had serious issues with his mom, becoming the exact opposite of everything she stood for. In 1980, Murray told his mother he had embraced Jesus; a few years later, after battling over his conversion in public, O’Hair disowned her son, who'd gotten the idea that "only God at the center of things can help us" from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings which he went to.
Murray is an extremist activist of the Religious Right who believes God should be the center of everything
Murray is an extremist activist of the Religious Right who believes God should be the center of everything. This is like some Islamists believe and like many people believed in the Middle Ages before the Enlightenment and science wised people up that the natural world was beautiful and science made it understandable as well, and for the educated, supernaturalism was not a necessary part of that and most certainly was undeserving of a position of being the center of everything.
Recalling the Inquisition, which was the most evil time in all of history, one is inclined to confine the supernatural to the realm of comforting fairy tales where it is safe
So it was, for the most part, the ignorant and the uneducated that thrust God into everything, because they didn't know any better. But if one looks at the Church being mad with power up through the 1700s—including the Inquisition, which was the most evil time in all of history, one is inclined to confine the supernatural to the realm of comforting fairy tales where it is safe, because a church that gets too much power is a written invitation to evil. Carl Sagan says science knowledge is less comfortable than superstition, but it is our only available path if we are to survive. See The Demon-Haunted World. All intelligent people know he is right. With a few exceptions, like Murray, who is smart, intelligent, and a good writer.
Carl Sagan says science knowledge is less comfortable than superstition, but it is our only available path if we are to survive
In Murray’s telling, it was his mother's godless ways that killed her. “My mother, brother and daughter were murdered by fellow atheists,” he said. David Waters, the ex-con who kidnapped, murdered and dismembered O’Hair, her granddaughter and Murray’s half-brother Jon Garth, had worked for American Atheists and learned of her secret accounts—which he stole. Murray thought of his mom as demonic: “She wanted to push the school prayer issue as far as she could. She wanted me to keep a record of prayer and Bible readings in school.… My mother made me a spy in the cause of atheism.” (Source: Why Madalyn Murray O’Hair Was the Most Hated Woman in America, Sean Elder, Newsweek)
" . . . atheism is a very positive affirmation of man's ability to think for himself, to do for himself, to find answers to his own problems. I'm thrilled to feel that I can rely on myself totally and absolutely; that my children are being brought up so that when they meet a problem they can't cop out by foisting it off on God"—Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Murray's mother (apparently foisting it off on God became a mantra for son William, because that is what one learns in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings)
Maybe he'll go to Trump and get him to ride in on a white horse and restore prayer in schools, so that now the quarter of the young with no religious beliefs will be forced to pray daily
Since it was William Murray's idea (he was 14) to launch the lawsuit that ended prayer in public schools in 1963, which he regrets like crazy now since he has found God, perhaps he'll go to Trump and get him to ride in on a white horse and reverse that progressive step, so that now the quarter of the young with no religious beliefs will be forced to pray daily. Wouldn't that be peachy? NOT! (Murray and Trump could help turn the USA into a theocracy—a form of government in which a deity is the source from which all authority derives. That would be logical in a government where separation of church and state are abolished. Then we could rename the country the United Under God States of America, or the United States of America—God Willing, or God's States of America. Etcetera, ad nauseam.)
It would be great if religious people realize we respect their right to believe whatever they want, but we would appreciate it if supernatural references were deleted from our money, our pledge of allegiance, and anything in government. We are a democracy (actually, an oligarchy, but who's counting?), not a theocracy, so how about saving the supernatural references for the time when the Trumps and Murrays of the U.S. actually convert us to a theocracy? See Democracy—an American Delusion.
Trump as U.S. Ayatollah Trumpowski
Murray is an exception to the rule that intelligent people trust science more than religion: he is smart, intelligent, and a good writer, albeit a bit biased and dogmatic
With this backstory clearly in mind—a history that totally explains his attitudes and religious extremism (he wrote My Life Without God about his life before he found Jesus), we will examine Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning.
The blurb about the book says that in it "William J. Murray masterfully educates us on the utopians' swath of destruction throughout history and warns us of the dangers of present-day utopians fighting to hold power." He rightly warns of social engineering and utopianists trying to get power so they can foist their utopian dreams on us, destroying our freedoms and rights as their engineering progresses. He rightly warns about socialist hypocrites like Obama. One reviewer pontificates that "Murray's book is a graduate treatise on the specious nature of totalitarian rule. If we are unable to understand what this book presents we will be doomed to live it." Utopian central planning always leads to death, slavery, poverty, and cultural stagnation. It is the last thing any country needs. The book is an excellent text for high school students to inoculate them against the leftist professors they will face in college. They need warnings about political correctness nonsense and feminist vigilantes as well.
Another reviewer—Mark Sutter—says that "This book is a good condensed history of worldwide attempts to control the people using socialism, communism, or any other form of central planning. Needless to say, those endeavors have always ended in catastrophe. The only problem I had with the book was the author's insistence that virtually all evil in this world can be attributed to Atheism. The author should be reminded that there are many despots in Central America and South America who are devout Christians. The author, or anyone else sharing the same adoration of Christianity, might want to take the time to read 'A World Lit Only By Fire' by William Manchester." (In which one learns "the Middle Ages were ten centuries of technological stagnation, short-sightedness, bloodshed, feudalism, and an oppressive Church wedged between the golden ages of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.") It is a fact that religious people as well as atheists have indulged in the bloody work of central planning and social engineering, ending up in bloody disasters every time. Murray's bias towards religion is only that—his book attempts, but fails, to prove atheists are bloodier. Can you say "Inquisition"?
Radical Islamists, whose lives revolve around Allah/God and words and beliefs about God, seem to be willing to kill given the slightest excuse: religion, for many of them, is used as an excuse for killing
And let us not forget the Islamists, whose lives revolve around Allah/God and words and beliefs about God. They kill each other with abandon at the drop of a hat, or because some sect has a slightly different belief or dress code than their own. They do suicide bombings "for the glory of God" and Saddam warred with the U.S. because it was "the will of God." And 9/11 hijackers all got 72 virgins in heaven for their murderous actions that glorified Allah.
U.S. soldiers claim to be mostly Christians, but the truth is that War is the only true religion of the U.S.
Look in the Bible or Quran—it doesn't matter which. One page has got lovely ideas about generosity, love, loyalty, and compassion, but the next is full of hate and killing and war and revenge and child abuse and discrimination against various religions or sects or countries or homosexuals or masturbators or women. In other words, in most religions, religion is used as an excuse to kill, hate, dehumanize and persecute. Is it any wonder so much of Europe has dumped religion as a fairy tale, as have 23% of U.S. citizens. And plenty of the 70% of the U.S. that are "Christians" profess religion when in truth they are merely uncomfortable with the word atheist. See Islamic Terrorism Is Right-Wing Terrorism, Joshua Holland, The Nation.
Dubya Bush thought of himself as a brave, heroic Crusader for his conquering of the Mideast
Dubya Bush thought of himself as a brave, heroic Crusader for his conquering of the Mideast. In truth, he merely screwed it all up then declared victory like the ignoramus he is, but why sweat the details?
Murray omits the Utopian goal of those Right-Wingers running the USA: the warmongering neocon fanatics that think the whole world being one big American Empire, with the U.S. as the only nation with hegemony, would be utopia. This is rightwing utopian thinking, and it drives hypermilitarism and aggressive world postures.
It is certainly a politically convenient omission. Exploring only leftist utopianism will make him popular in all the Right places, as it were. Invited for speeches by the Right. Invited to sell his book on Right websites. Maybe is will even get him a front-row seat to the inauguration of Ayatollah Trumpowski, spiritual leader of the USA!