THE   FOCUS

June 15, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 24
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
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FEATURED ARTICLES
Findlay struggles with that whole separation of church and state thing
Cleveland Scene Weekly - Cleveland,OH,USA
But since the government has largely given up on enforcing the separation of church and state, the ACLU kindly stepped in. It's threatened to sue the ...
http://www.clevescene.com/2008-06-11/news/findlay-struggles-with-that-whole-separation-of-church-and-state-thing

Louisiana House approves creationist bill
ScienceBlogs - USA
Forrest is the author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design and has served as an expert witness on the issue of intelligent design ...

http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2008/06/louisiana_house_approves_creat.php

Denver Daily News - Denver,CO,USA
Along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Tiernan has filed or threatened to file several lawsuits challenging situations of church and state. ...

http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=766

Fl. teachers union sues state over voucher vote
Fort Mills Times - Fort Mill,SC,USA
They were joined by other groups that advocate church-state separation for the lawsuit filed here in state Circuit Court. A lawyer for the organizations ...
http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/194829.html

 

  News Articles
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ATHEISM
Intelligence linked to atheism
NEWS.com.au - Australia
By staff writers PEOPLE with high IQs are less likely to believe in God, according to a new study. A leading psychology professor at Ulster University said ...
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23860215-1702,00.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
This is Reason.tv!
Reason Online - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... were rejected for jobs at reason magazine; Anthony Bourdain praising foie gras; Christopher Hitchens singing secular Christmas songs; and much more. ...

http://reason.com/blog/show/126908.html
Scientist's oceanic plea warns of imminent reef eulogy

The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park A JOHN Veron's fascination with the natural world saw him renamed Charlie, for Charles Darwin, as a kid, ...
http://www.theage.com.au/national/scientists-oceanic-plea-warns-of-imminent-reef-eulogy-20080606-2myo.html

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE RELIGULOUS TRAILER
Cinematic Happenings Under Development - New York,NY,USA
... Jeremy Smith By Devin Faraci By Devin Faraci On my flight back from the Friday the 13th set visit in Austin, I read Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. ...
http://chud.com/articles/articles/15086/1/YOU-WON039T-BELIEVE-THE-RELIGULOUS-TRAILER/Page1.html

Religulous Trailer
You Tube - Broadcast Yourself
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qB8fPJ6zds8

Religion
Funny Or Die
http://us.f579.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?DMid=832_997968_13739_440_8410_0_42965_29490_1234261125&YY=99550&y5beta=yes&y5beta=yes&inc=25&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b&box=Draft

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Bill Opens Door To Opposing Evolution Views
WXMI - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
LANSING It's been a touchy subject for decades: How science is taught in schools, especially subjects like evolution. It's a theory, but most in the ...

http://fox17.trb.com/news/060608-wxmi-evolution,0,1890027.story

Intelligent Design Lab is Going Where no Evolution Simulation has ...
Discovery Institute - Seattle,WA,USA
Over the past decade or so there has been much hype about computer simulations of Darwinian evolution. The most hyped is Avida at the MSU Digital Evolution ...
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2008/06/intelligent_design_lab_is_goin.html

Evolution bill close to approval; lawsuits expected
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge,LA,USA
... give science teachers more freedom to hold freewheeling classroom discussions, including arguments that challenge Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. ...
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/politics/19813589.html

Legislation opens classroom doors to alternative views of ...
MLive.com - MI,USA
Teachers shouldn't be prevented from discussing alternative views of evolution, global warming and other controversial topics in their science classes, ...
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/06/legislation_opens_classroom_do.html

New front opens on evolution wars
Washington Times - Washington,DC,USA
Mr. Stern said a survey of Louisiana public school science teachers a few years ago showed that many felt uncomfortable teaching evolution, global warming ...
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/12/new-front-opens-on-evolution-wars/
SCIENCE
Complex Synapses Drove Brain Evolution
Science Daily (press release) - USA
The research suggests that it is not size alone that gives more brain power, but that, during evolution, increasingly sophisticated molecular processing of ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080608131209.htm

Business park site to be preserved for 'at risk' bird species
Schenectady Gazette - Schenectady,NY,USA
Einstein said it's not uncommon for some species to be transients, but the survey pointed to the likelihood that the northern harrier frequents the site in ...
http://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&tab=wm#inbox/11a69b96d7152efb

Study traces the evolution of the human brain
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
Instead, he found that, during evolution, increasingly sophisticated molecular processing of nerve impulses - notably by providing more connections in the ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/mainjhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/earth/2008/06/09/scibrain109.xml

Molecular evolution of extinct lineages
ScienceBlogs - USA
We report five new complete mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genomes of Siberian woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), sequenced with up to 73-fold coverage from ...
http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2008/06/molecular_evolution_of_extinct.php?utm_source=sbhomepage&utm_medium=link&utm_content=channellink

Complex wiring key to brain's evolution; researchers
The Tech Herald - Indianapolis,IN,USA
by Rich Bowden - Jun 9 2008, 19:59 Articles - RichThe evolution of the brain towards that of a higher intelligence was driven as much by its complex wiring ...
http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/200824/1193/Complex-wiring-key-to-brain-s-evolution-researchers

Evolution, Life Sciences, Science Education, Human Evolution, and ...
ScienceBlogs - USA
... and thus created a sort of "protocell" made out of fatty acids likely to have been present on Earth during the early evolution of life. ...

http://chronicle.com/news/article/4668/darwin-defeated-in-the-bayou-louisiana-encourages-critical-thinking-about-evolution
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Henry vetoes 'Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act'
Tulsa World - Tulsa,OK,USA
Thank God somebody still believes in SEPARATION of church and state. The founders believed that no matter what your preacher tells you. Way to go Gov! ...

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080606_1__world33430

Prayer's presence, exclusion divisive
Grand Junction Sentinel - Grand Junction,CO,USA
Heather Weaver, an attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argues the sectarian nature of the City Council's prayers is ...
http://www.gjsentinel.com/hp/content/news/stories/2008/06/07/060808_1A_invocation.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACLU (press release) - New York,NY,USA
NEW ORLEANS - Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas submitted a friend-of-the-court ...

http://www.aclu.org/religion/schools/35582prs20080609.html

City official 'certain' that prayer will be modified
Grand Junction Sentinel - Grand Junction,CO,USA
In a 17-page memorandum sent to the city late last week, Grand Junction attorney Bill Hugenberg outlined case law the atheist group believes supports its ...

http://www.gjsentinelcom/hp/content/news/stories/2008/06/09/061008_1a_invocation.html

Louisiana Will Face Lawsuit If New Law Brings Religion Into Public ...
Americans United - Washington,DC,USA
... door to teaching creationism in public schools, an action that is likely to spark litigation, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ...
http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr009=hsz0n8sj82.app7b&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=9881&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241

IRS Should Investigate Minnesota Church for Electioneering, Says ...
Common Dreams (press release) - Portland,ME,USA
WASHINGTON, DC - June 11 - Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Minnesota church ...
http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0611-04.htm

Islam in America's public schools: Education or indoctrination?
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
While groups such as People for the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the ACLU express outrage at any semblance of ...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/06/11/cstillwell.DTL

Warroad preacher vows to put politics in his pulpit
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN,USA
Separation of Church and State is not to keep the state out of the Church, but keep the read more Church out of the State. Don't you think Jesus would ...
http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/19810059.html?location_refer=Faith%20+%20Values

Americans United Challenges Florida Ballot Amendments That Would ...
Americans United - Washington,DC,USA
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined litigation in Florida designed to remove two ballot amendments that would erase religious ...
http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr009=stf21wbi71.app5b&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=9883&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241
MISCELLANEOUS
Christian Theologians Prepare for Extraterrestrial Life
Wired News - USA
"And if there are incredibly advanced civilizations with a belief in God, I don't think Richard Dawkins will start believing."
http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/2008/06/alien_religion?currentPage=all
 
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