THE FOCUS     

Section 1 of  4                             June 16, 2006                 Volume 2, Issue 24

                  

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
 
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
 
Ruling may alter job dress codes - Arizona Daily Star
... to determine which beliefs constitute "religion.". In fact, he said, atheism fits that definition. He cited one case — not involving ...
 
Austin church scolded for accepting atheist - San Antonio Express
... "Dr. Jensen was a theoretical atheist. But we become practical atheists by not trusting god's grace to change people," Rigby said. ...
 
... The Associated Press reported on its national survey that showed agnostics and atheists actually had a lower divorce rate than Baptists, Jews, and mainstream ...
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BOOKS / FILMS / THEATRE / TV
Author shows how evolution helps shape everyday life - Ann Arbor News
There have been many books written about evolution, but University of Michigan professor David Mindell takes a different approach to the subject in his recent ...
 
VCU, professor at odds over alleged creationism bias.
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EVOLUTION / CREATIONISM / INTELLIGENT DESIGN
 

Big Bang In Antarctica -- Killer Crater Found Under Ice
The 300-mile-wide crater lies hidden more than a mile beneath the East ... Scientists believe that the Permian-Triassic extinction paved the way for the ...
 
Duck Look-Alike Reveals Birds' Evolution - New York Times
Filling a gap in the evolution of birds, scientists have dug up fossils of a bird that lived 110 million years ago and looked remarkably like a small modern ...
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SCIENCE
A Start on Research Cloning - NYT
Hats off to Harvard and the University of California at San Francisco for undertaking stem cell research that the Bush administration is trying to discourage.

Scientific American: Favored by the Gods
Happiness, according to current scientific thinking, depends less on our circumstances than on our genetic endowment.
 
 
Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by Tests - New York Times
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SEPARATION OF CHURCH / STATE
 
 
Americans United Lawsuit Challenges Baltimore City Funding Of Baptist Outreach Program.
 
Rabbis, state sign health rules - Albany Times Union
... health concerns. The agreement capped a sensitive controversy that went to the heart of the separation of church and state.
 
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MISC.
 
The world according to Hitch. Exclusive: What’sa pro-war, anti-abortion, religion-hating Darwinist doing in the Bush camp, or any camp? ...
 
Some Life Insurers Play By Different Rules - - insurancenewsnet.com
Some life insurers play by different rules.
 
 
U.S. Muslims Confront Taboo on Nursing Homes -NYT
Many Muslim families are trying to reconcile Islamic teachings on caring for elders with the modern realities.
 
Blogging the Bible Slate
 
 
Benedict at Auschwitz - Catholic Online
Neither can the Holocaust be used as a proof text against atheism. You do not go to Auschwitz to defend or to praise God. ...
 
 
A Changing Mass for U.S. Catholics - NYT
The wording of prayers and blessings that Catholics have recited for more than 35 years will be changed.
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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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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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Legislative Action Center
Alert!  
'To require everyone to pay all elected and appointed officials to engage in public prayer.'

Click Here.
OPPOSE S. 1765 and Stop the Rebuilding of Churches and Vouchers

Click Here.
Stop the Broadband Investment & Consumer Choice Act

Also oppose H.R. 3146 and S. 1349 Click Here.
Stop The Religious Right From Attacking Science Classes

Click Here.
Stop Congress From Passing The Madrassas Readiness Act

Click Here.
S. 520 - A bill to limit the jurisdiction of Federal courts in cases involving god(s)

Stop the Congress from overturning the First Amendment Click Here.
H.R. 1070 Eliminates Jurisdiction of Federal Courts In Cases Involving God.

Stop The Congress From Overturning the First Amendment. Click Here.
'Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to voluntary school prayer.'

Another School Prayer Amendment Click Here.