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     THE FOCUS  
OCTOBER 27, 2006                                                        Volume 2, Issue 43

 Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)

Editor: Suzy Lanza

   

The Focus will provide links to articles collected from major newspapers & magazines, and will be emailed weekly.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

This Week's Featured Articles                                                           

Section #1:  News Articles                                                                

Section #2:  CFA Programs                                                              

Section #3:  Special Notices                                                             

Section #4:  Legislation Alerts                                                          

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                                This Week's Featured Articles

 

Author Uses DNA Record to Argue Evolution - NPR

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Talk of the Nation, October 20, 2006 · Can the "fossil genes" found in DNA be used to prove evolution? Sean B. Carroll, author of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, argues that the DNA evidence can be used to convince people, beyond a reasonable doubt, that evolution is real.

Battle of the New Atheism - Wired News                                                             This is the challenge posed by the New Atheists. ... The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. ...

Sharing the Health Bills - NYT
Religious exemptions are being tested as more medical bill-sharing ministries compete with businesses that are not eligible for the same breaks.

Covered Faces, Open Rebellion - NYT
The young British South-Asian Muslim women who veil Saudi-style are rejecting not just mainstream British society, but their parents' and grandparents' accommodation with its values.
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                                      SECTION ONE: NEWS ARTICLES

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ATHEISM

 

The Blog | Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly Is No god | The Huffington Post 

 

The Cincinnati Post - Kevin Eigelbach: Atheist kicks up storm ...

Atheist kicks up storm about act ... director for American Atheists Inc., the organization founded by famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair. ...
 
Beliefwatch: The Atheist - Newsweek
... "I love Christmas and stained glass." As a child, he declined to be bar mitzvahed, but he did not call himself an atheist until after the 2005 pub-lication of ...

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BOOKS / MOVIES / TV / VIDEOS
 
First chapter
 
A passionate atheist's case against religion - International Herald Tribune
The nub of Dawkins's consciousness- raising message is that to be an atheist is a "brave and splendid" aspiration. Belief ...
 
 
 
 
Michael Shermer book reviews
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CREATIONISM / EVOLUTION / I.D.

 

Guardian Unlimited

Darwin's entire works go online, October 18, 2006

 

Is intelligent design really science? | Progressive U

 
 

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SCIENCE
 
New Study Reveals that Religion
Does Not Lead to a Healthier Society
 
The Universe on a String - NYT
String theory continues to offer profound breadth and enormous potential to explain matter's fundamental constituents.
 
Knowing the Universe in Detail (Except for That Pesky 96 Percent of It) - NYT
I didn't buy the death of the Big Bang 15 years ago, and I don't buy the criticism now
 
 
Edge: THE UNIVERSE ON A STRING By Brian Greene
BRIAN GREENE, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia, is the author of The Elegant Universe ...
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SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
 
  
Politics & the pulpit - Colorado Springs Gazette
... Sheridan’s statement drew national attention, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State asked the IRS to revoke the diocese’s tax ...
 
 
Watchdog Group Accuses Churches of Political Action - NYT
A nonprofit group has filed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the role that two churches may have played in the re-election campaign of Kansas's attorney general.
 
 
Re the NYTimes series 
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MISC.
 
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers - NYT 
Evangelical Christian leaders are warning one another that their teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves.
 
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                                      SECTION TWO: CFA PROGRAMS

 

The Center for Atheism (CFA) was established by the 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 THREE: SPECIAL NOTICES     

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                                SECTION FOUR: LEGISLATION ALERTS

 

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