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February 1, 1990 | ARMANDO ACUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's best-known atheist has lost a key lawsuit in her fight to control a fortune left by a religion-hating eccentric. The court defeat leaves the $14-million estate of the late, cranky James Hervey Johnson of San Diego--as well as the oldest atheist publication in the country--in the hands of a church-going Episcopalian and a Mormon, who say they intend to carry out Johnson's wishes of exposing "religion as against reason."
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February 1, 1990 | ARMANDO ACUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's best-known atheist has lost a key lawsuit in her fight to control a fortune left by a religion-hating eccentric. The court defeat leaves the $14-million estate of the late, cranky James Hervey Johnson of San Diego--as well as the oldest atheist publication in the country--in the hands of a church-going Episcopalian and a Mormon, who say they intend to carry out Johnson's wishes of exposing "religion as against reason."
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April 30, 1989 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
During his long life, there were many things the eccentric and outspoken James Hervey Johnson detested, among them blacks, alcohol, Jews, lawyers, Catholics, people on welfare, modern medicine, Mexicans, meat, liberals and communists. But there was one thing he hated most of all: religion. Johnson, a devout atheist and notorious tightwad, worshiped money. And now, several months after his death at age 87, atheists, including the most well known in the nation, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, are fighting for control of Johnson's estate, worth $16.5 million.
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April 30, 1989 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
During his long life, there were many things the eccentric and outspoken James Hervey Johnson detested, among them blacks, alcohol, Jews, lawyers, Catholics, people on welfare, modern medicine, Mexicans, meat, liberals and communists. But there was one thing he hated most of all: religion. Johnson, a devout atheist and notorious tightwad, worshiped money. And now, several months after his death at age 87, atheists, including the most well known in the nation, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, are fighting for control of Johnson's estate, worth $16.5 million.
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July 2, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is a crisis of faith in the atheist world. Madalyn Murray O'Hair--the cantankerous grande dame of godlessness, the self-designated "most-hated woman in America," the driving force behind the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1963 decision banning school prayer--has disappeared. Vanished. Literally without a trace. It's been almost nine months since anyone has heard from the sharp-tongued, 77-year-old nonbeliever.
NEWS
February 1, 1990 | ARMANDO ACUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's best-known atheist has a lost a key lawsuit in her fight for control of a fortune left by a religion-hating eccentric. The court defeat leaves the $14-million estate of the late, cranky James Hervey Johnson of San Diego--as well as the oldest atheist publication in the country--in the hands of a church-going Episcopalian and a Mormon, who say they intend to carry out Johnson's wishes of "(exposing) religion as against reason."
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June 18, 1989 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
As libel lawsuits go, the case of Mike McHugh vs. Frank Mortynis far from the cutting edge of the legal frontier. In the balance are none of the constitutional issues often at stake in these battles, such as freedom of the press and the right to privacy. No, this is just a mean and nasty, toe-to-toe fight between two strong-willed antagonists and rival freethinkers, both well known in the San Diego humanist community. So far, McHugh, a 67-year-old Spring Valley man who makes custom jewelry, is winning.
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