THE FOCUS

CENTERFORATHEISM.ORG

February 23, 2007                                                                   Volume 3, Issue 8

Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)

Editor: Suzy Lanza

 

The Focus provides links to articles collected from major newspapers & magazines and is emailed weekly.

Every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. (EST) a panel of NYC Atheists will discuss some of the featured articles on Manhattan Cable station 57. Live streaming is available at: www.mnn.org.

 

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FEATURED ARTICLES

 

Atheist Group Takes on Bush Initiative - CBS News

 

The Blog | Jack Huberman: How To Save Our Secular America! | The ...

 

Daylight Atheism > The Blasphemy Challenge

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SECTION ONE: NEWS ARTICLES

(some publications may require that you sign up for membership to view their article) 

ATHEISM

 

Taking the Debate About god Online, and Battling It Out With Videos - New York Times

 

Northoftampa: Ex-minister walks atheist path

 

god

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BOOKS / MOVIES / THEATRE / TV / VIDEOS

 

Debunking Christianity: My Conversion/Deconversion Story

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EVOLUTION / CREATIONISM / I.D.

 

The Bright Side of Human Nature (5 Letters) - New York Times

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SCIENCE

 

Carl Sagan's Familiar and Prescient Voice, Brought to Life - New York Times 

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SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

West Virginia University Symposium to Examine Laws of Church and State in 21st Century - Standard Newswire

 

Student, 16, Finds Allies in His Fight Over Religion - New York Times 

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MISC.

 

Ohio: Setback for Children in Probate Battle - New York Times

 

Secular Web Kiosk and Bookstore

 

Jonah and the whale is the Bible's perfect story. - By David Plotz - Slate Magazine

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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. 

 
Counter "National Day of Prayer' with Positive Action
 
Secular Groups Nationwide Are Invited to Join In Program
to Donate Blood on May 3, 2007
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Life-Saving Action, Not Passive Prayer, Is Our Message
                                   
NEW YORK--If you decry the so-called "National Day of Prayer" as an encroachment of religion into our official calendar, join us, the Center For Atheism (CFA), in celebrating the supremacy of reason by donating blood on Thursday, May 3, 2007.
 
This is how CFA will  celebrate May 3, 2007,  "Day of Reason," as newly renamed by secularists. Not only to make a public statement about how non-religious people will observe the day, but at the same time to let America know that there are millions of us who do not pray. 
We had looked for a positive alternative to prayer that would reflect the life-affirming ideas of nonbelievers, and one of our members suggested a group blood donation. That fits the concept of "positive protest" for It is a gift that gives life to others. 

This will be our third year of donating blood and signing organ-donor pledges. The Blood Bank was delighted to have us and even allowed us to post our Atheist banner as we took pictures. Blood banks nationwide are eager for donations and certainly will accommodate groups and encourage publicizing group donations.

Donating blood is the way for a secular person to observe the Day of Reason. No permit is required, there is no confrontation with authorities or the religious community.

We have called our blood donation program B.L.O.O.D., an acronym for Benefiting Lives Of Others Donations, and will continue our donations every year on the Day of Reason.

To start your own B.L.O.O.D. program, it's simple. Here's what you do:

1)  Find your local blood bank by accessing
www.americasblood.org 
   (bottom left corner-type in your zip code to find your local blood bank)

2)  Phone the blood bank to make arrangements for a group donation.
    (You will find them amazingly supportive and accommodating)

3)  Notify your local newspaper, TV and other media that your group is  
     doing this and why.

It's simple, it's positive, it's effective. Come on, AGNOSTICS, ATHEISTS, FREETHINKERS, HUMANISTS, NON BELIEVERS, SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE ADVOCATES, join us in our positive protest against the Day of Prayer!

For further information, contact Ken Bronstein at  
firebell1@aol.com  or 212-535-7425
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SECTION THREE: SPECIAL NOTICES

 

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SECTION FOUR: LEGISLATION ALERTS

 

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