THE FOCUS     

Section 1 of  4                             April 7, 2006               Volume 2, Issue 13/14

                  

Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)

Editor: Suzy Lanza

Email: THEFOCUSATCFA@AOL.COM

   

The Focus will provide links to articles collected

from major newspapers and magazines, and will be emailed weekly. 

 

The Focus has four sections.

Section #1:  News Articles

Section #2:  CFA Programs

Section #3:  Special Notices

Section #4:  Legislation Alerts       

Please email any comments and suggestions to THEFOCUS@CENTERFORATHEISM.ORG

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See Section #1: News Articles
 
See Section #2: Center for Atheism Programs
SECULAR COMMUNITY'S RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
BLOOD DONATION PROGRAM
 
See Section #3: Special Notices
CENTER FOR ATHEISM (CFA) SEARCHING FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. BASED LOBBYIST

 

See Section #4: Legislation Alerts

LEGISLATION DESCRIPTION, FIND YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL, LETTER TEMPLATE, 
           COMPOSE LETTER, SEND LETTER.
 
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Section 1 of  4

                                                  NEWS ARTICLES

 

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ATHEISM
 
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL -- American’s increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those who don’t believe in a god, according to a national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s department of sociology.
 
At a time when America is lamentably polarized, perhaps our deepest and most enduring debate rages between Creationism and evolution. But now one surprisingly prominent research leader is daring an attempt to bridge the gap with a book about DNA called The Language of god.
 
... atheists believe in reason alone, in those things that can be arrived at through intellect and the scientific method. Concrete evidence for god, they argue, simply doesn't exist. =========================================================
BOOKS / FILMS / THEATRE / TV
 
Even some Republicans are now horrified by the influence Bush has given to the evangelical right.
 
The new Wachowski (the Matrix) brothers' film explores a future society where the clash of the above is depicted.
 
What Jesus Meant by Gary Wills.                                                                                                                 Jesus as a person does not exist outside the gospels and the only reason he exists there is because of their authors’ faith in the Resurrection. . . .
THE GOD PROJECT. - The religious opinions of scientists are, of course, a separate matter from a science of religion.
 
Europe in the 17th century began a slow but steady exit from religion that began with the French Revolution.
 
Seth Loyd's book is the story of the universe and the bit. The universe is the biggest thing there is and the bit is the smallest possible chunk of information. The universe is made of  bits.
 
A celebration in London of the anniversary of Richard Dawkins' book.
 
Slate magazine review of Kevin Phillips new book - American Theocracy
 
Battles over faith and freedom may seem never-ending, but a new book, 'American Gospel,' argues that history illuminates how religion can shape the nation without dividing it.
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EVOLUTION / CREATIONISM / INTELLIGENT DESIGN
 
In the beginning, there was the sea... and little by little, the fish in the sea moved on to the land, evolving into the myriad species of animals that have lived, eaten or been eaten, fought and died on terra firma for more than 300 million years.
 
Click here: CNN.com - Archbishop: Don't teach creationism - Mar 21, 2006 LONDON, England (AP) -- The archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the world's Anglicans, says he is opposed to teaching creationism in schools.
 
The unusual behavior of orangutans in a Sumatran swamp suggests a surprising answer
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SCIENCE
 
Surface ice could have formed thick enough to support human weight and inspire the biblical story?
 
The brains of highly intelligent children develop in a different pattern from those with more average abilities, researchers have found after analyzing a series of imaging scans collected over 17 years.
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SEPARATION
 
National Day of Prayer to advance the religious right agenda - a threat to the separation of church and state.
 
Argument in favor of teaching Bible classes in schools using Greek and Roman
mythology as equivalents.
 
If  Mr. Rahman does not repudiate Christianity, the judge in the case has said, he will get the death penalty.
 
Or is it? Are Americans quick to see the evils of theocracy abroad, but slow to recognize creeping theocracy at home?

Abstinence program found to violate separation of church and state, last month, the federal government announced that the program must strip the explicit religious components from its message in order to be considered for future government dollars.
 
The efforts of the Governor and the Catholic bishops to exempt Catholic Charities from state anti-discrimination laws so that it may refuse to place children for adoption with same-sex couples.
 
A proposed resolution in the Missouri House (HCR 13) is so outrageous as to insult every resident of Missouri.
 
Georgia's Legislature on Monday passed a bill to fund elective Bible courses in public high schools,
 
A nationally recognized expert on the historical and legal issues surrounding the teaching of evolution in public schools says the debate is not over.
 
Let others worry about the rapture. The task now is to establish the Kingdom of god right now from the courthouse to the White House
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MISC.
 
AMERICAN ATHEISTS CONVENTION
APRIL 14-16, 2006 - SAN ANTONIO, TX.
 
ATHEIST ALLIANCE CONVENTION
APRIL 14-16, 2006 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
 
American Humanist Association National Conference
May 11-14, 2006 - Tampa, Florida
 
JUNE 24-25, 2006
 
Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer - New York Times Patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms.
 
Would we call a patient who refuses to have intercessory prayer non-adherent or non-compliant?
 
Click here: AP Wire | 03/25/2006 | Governor candidates reach out via religionThe voting clout of conservative Christians credited with helping swing crucial states such as Ohio to President Bush two years ago hasn't been lost on the candidates of 2006.
 
The Abortion-Rights Side Invokes god, Too
Scripture was cited and seminarians were welcomed at one Washington prayer breakfast, but the sponsor was the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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Did Scalia Give The Media The Finger At Church?
After attending Mass, a reporter asked Scalia , what he thought of critics who questioned his ability to maintain separation of church and state. ... in response - He flipped his finger to the media.
 
The War on Christians and Values Voters in 2006” conference brought together true believers around a rallying cry to fight, in the words of Vision America’s president Rick Scarborough, a “growing hostility toward all things religious” in the United States. 
 
Challenging false prophets
Chomsky provides a rare glimpse into what he thinks about the proper role of science in the public sphere, how atheism borders on ...
 
Bloomberg.com: US
Republicans Split Over Religion's Growing Role in Their Party.
 
Two scholars explore the fragility of contentment- 'The Happiness Hypothesis' and 'Happiness: a History'
 
The global cellphone market has found god. =======================================================
Section 2 of  4
CFA PROGRAMS

 

The Center for Atheism (CFA) was established by New York City

Atheists as a separate and independent national organization to

propose, develop and be a catalyst for new national activities

supporting the objectives of atheists, agnostics, humanists,

freethinkers, skeptics, secularists and separation-of-church/state

advocates.

CFA will accept and review suggestions from individuals and

other secular organizations that will foster our goals

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SECULAR COMMUNITY'S RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL DAY     
OF PRAYER

The Center for Atheism is proposing that on Thursday, May 4, 2006, 
the local Secular Community's organizations, chapters, affiliates, individuals, etc. respond to the National Day of Prayer with their own local  Secular B.L.O.O.D. (Benefiting Lives Of Others Donations) program.
 
The program consists of:
(1) blood donation
(2) organ donation sign-up

BLOOD DONATION
To find your local Blood Donation Center
click on:
next:
bottom right of the web page put in your zip code.

Organ Donation Sign Up Program
Download the Organ Donation Form

 

QUESTIONS: Ken Bronstein - FIREBELL1@AOL.COM / 212-535-7425

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SECTION 3 OF 4                                                            

SPECIAL NOTICES

 

CENTER FOR ATHEISM (CFA) SEARCHING FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. BASED LOBBYIST

To establish a Washington D.C. based Atheist Lobby and Public Relations center.


The Center for Atheism (CFA) is seeking a full or part-time person,

with significant experience on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist.

The Position will consist of working with government and                     
congressional officials and their staffs, other lobbyists, coalitions,                            

think tanks, academia, the media, etc. to enhance the public image
and promote policies and legislation favorable
to Atheism.

See the Center For Atheism (CFA) http://www.centerforatheism.org/ website for

responsibilities and qualifications. 

Contact: centerforatheism@aol.com                                                                                                                   

or Ken Bronstein / 212-535-7425
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SECTION 4 OF 4
LEGISLATION ALERTS

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