THE   FOCUS
centerforatheism.org

May 09, 2008
Volume 12, Issue 19A
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
The Focus provides links to articles collected from major newspapers and magazines, and is emailed weekly.

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FEATURED ARTICLES
Losing faith in modern America
New Zealand Herald - New Zealand
"I went through a process of re-evaluating and migrating across the spectrum from fundamentalist to moderate and then to a new atheist," Barker said. ...
 
 
  News Articles
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ATHEISM
No God but atheists want a church
Times of India - India
Groups like American Atheists have functioned primarily as litigants in the fight for church-state separation, not as atheist social clubs. ...
Op-Ed: Why Atheists Should Start Their Own Religion-Free Churches
DigitalJournal.com - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
An American atheist points out many people misunderstand why church is so popular with practicing Christians. Tim Gorski said: “It isn’t the specific ...
Atheist Soldier Faces Anti-Gay Harassment
Gay City News - USA
.. by the Army because of the threats he has received over his open atheism and his lawsuit against the military for the retaliation he has suffered. ...
Censoring Ourselves
PoliGazette - Netherlands
Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, today posted an intense condemnation of the western practice of censoring itself in regards to Islam and the ...
Religious Contempt Among Americans May Foreshadow Actions Overseas
Recorder - New Britain,CT,USA
I’m sure many were surprised to hear that there even was an atheist soldier, as stereotypes would hold that they are unpatriotic. ...
The greatest development in modern religion is not a religion at ...
Atlantic Online - USA
"I used to call myself an atheist," I said, "and I still don't believe in God, but the larger truth is that it has been years since I really cared one way ...
Humanists come out against bias
Metro.us - New York,NY,USA
The lawmaker’s public disclosure of nonbelief comes at a time when books by so-called “New Atheist” authors — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Tufts professor ...
 
BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee
AlterNet - San Francisco,CA,USA
By Matt Taibbi, RollingStone.com. Posted May 5, 2008. In this excerpt from his new book, Matt Taibbi shares his experiences at a Hagee's boot camp for new ...
Swedish songwriter's taste for authenticity and atheism
AFP -
LONDON (AFP) — In an age when even hard-up musicians can create studio quality from a bedroom, and producers like Timbaland and Mark Ronson are becoming ...
Propaganda Expelled
SBIndependent - Stony Brook,NY,USA
Some of the subjects interviewed have lost their job due to their self-prescribed inclusion of intelligent design into their students' curriculum; and some, ...
John Derbyshire on "Expelled," or How to Review a Movie without ...
Discovery Institute - Seattle,WA,USA
Yes, Western civilization: This is what Derbyshire feels is at stake in the debate over Intelligent Design, and it is "creationists" who threaten it. ...
 
EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Biology Professor Addresses Evolution and its Opponents
New University Online - CA,USA
The fossil record, to some extent, mirrors geological evolution. As geologists discovered patterns in rock layers showing millennia of change and ...
Evolution: There’s just no substitute
Destin Log - Destin,FL,USA
Several recent letters to the Daily News assert that Florida’s “Evolution Academic Freedom Act” is good because it allows teachers to “objectively present ...
University professors are protesting bills under consideration in ...
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) - USA
The Discovery Institute, which promotes the teaching of intelligent design, supports the passage of the legislation. In a news release it said that many of ...
SCIENCE-US: Evolution Under Siege in Classrooms
Inter Press Service (subscription) - Rome,Italy
By Mark Weisenmiller TAMPA, Florida, May 7 (IPS) - Darwinian evolution -- the 19th century geologist and naturalist Charles Darwin's acclaimed theory of ...
Evolution? Darwin Day? Big Problem
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
12 is Charles Darwin Day, marking the birthday of the pioneer scientist who developed the theory of evolution. You might say in egghead circles, ...
Mock trial puts theories of evolution in hot seat
Indianapolis Star - United States
The defense attorney made her opening statement in the trial arguing Charles Darwin's theory of evolution versus Jean- Baptiste Lamarck's theory of ...
Evolution Bills Die in Florida Legislature
Christian Broadcasting Network - Virginia Beach,VA,USA
CBNNews.com - Two bills that would have allowed teachers to challenge the theory of evolution has failed to pass in the Florida state legislature. ...
'Evolution News & Views: Another Intelligent Design Prediction ...
Discovery Institute - Seattle,WA,USA
In this regard, features like functionless eyes on blind cave fish are probably best explained by Darwinian evolution. This poses no challenge to the ...
 
SCIENCE
Platypus Genome Explains Animal's Peculiar Features; Holds Clues ...
Science Daily (press release) - USA
An analysis of the genome, published today in the journal Nature, can help scientists piece together a more complete picture of the evolution of all mammals ...
When genetics and geology meet
Dal News - Halifax,NS,Canada
By Marilyn Smulders When Charles Darwin first set foot on Patagonia, he was a fresh-faced 22-year-old yet to finesse his revolutionary theory of evolution ...
Darwin and deduction
Scientist - UK
One of the most remarkable but insufficiently noted features of Charles Darwin's conception of evolution is that its logical implications are still being ...
 
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Star Hill decision looms
Holmen Courier - Holmen,WI,USA
Rather than get involved in protracted and expensive litigation over the separation of church and state issue, the board looked instead to sell the property ...
Atheism, Religion And Discrimination
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA
The role of religious differences (including atheism) in our lives is a vital reflection of a vibrant population of diversity along a dimension of pursuit
Union defends 'anti-Christian' teacher
OneNewsNow - Tupelo,MS,USA
"The California Teachers Association has jumped in on the side of this teacher who was preaching atheism to tenth-grade students at a public high school, ...
Bob Menamin: Only religious test for pols should be 'golden rule'
The Capital Times - Madison,WI,USA
If you are agnostic, atheist, non-Christian or someone who does not want to make this declaration publicly, you could not be a serious candidate for ...
Taxpayers' sacrifice to the churches
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Australia believes in the separation of church and state. It would thus be highly desirable to do away with all unfair tax concessions to religious ...
Faith and Science
bestofneworleans.com - New Orleans,LA,USA
The notion of separation of church and state is so fundamental to our system of government that the Founding Fathers — most if not all of whom were men of ...
Pope not really a head of state
Yuma Sun - Yuma,AZ,USA
Here our government that claims separation of church and state "gushed" over the head of a state but who is in reality the elected head, pope, ...
New Group to Focus on Church-State Issues
Free Times - Columbia,SC,USA
On May 3, the Columbia chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State held its first organizational meeting at the Unitarian Universalist ...
Frankenmuth leaders stick with cross on city shield; resident ...
The Saginaw News - MLive.com - Saginaw,MI,USA
He first plans to consults with national organizations such as American Atheists or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. ...
Britain cannot become a "God-free zone" says head of the Catholic ...
Times Online - UK
The Cardinal, who came under attack this morning from the academic atheist Professor Richard Dawkins and secularist organisations such as the British ...
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Protesters at Methodist conference in Fort Worth decry take on gays
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Fort Worth,TX,USA
The rationale was that the Bush library on the campus would be a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. ...
The Complete Works of Darwin Online
Reverse Evolution
The Week Daily - USA
Good week for: Round buns, after a Canadian company introduced the male equivalent of the Wonderbra: Bottoms Up padded boxer briefs, for men with scrawny, ...
Photo of the Day (05/05/08)
Gadling - Santa Monice,CA,USA
He/she really seems to take the job to the next level. How is the real estate market down there? What about the house on Mothership St and Atheist way?
 
 
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