THE   FOCUS

July 18, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 29
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

DOJ Disputes Atheist's Claim of Religious Intolerance in Military
The Public Record - Los Angeles,California,USA
Determined to find soldiers who were also atheists, Hall organized a meeting for freethinkers at Combat Operations Base Speicher,
Iraq. ...

http://www.pubrecord.org/component/content/203.html?task=view


Atheists Find Support And Acceptance

Institute for Humanist Studies - by Ruth N. Geller (July 16, 2008)

A small group of atheists in New York City have found a safe forum to vent their frustrations and garner support for living outside the norm...

http://www.humaniststudies.org/enews/?id=357&article=0

 
News Articles
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ATHEISM

An Atheism Of Love
Atlantic Online - USA
I read your post entitled "Atheism Has Expelled Me" with great interest. But after reading the essay itself, I have to say it was painfully off the mark, ...

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/07/atheism-of-love.html


Thazhath finds more books objectionable
Newindpress - Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
He said that the challenge thrown by atheism to theism is the greatest threat to people in the State on Monday. The prelate who is the secretary of the ...

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20080715031045&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0


Lessons from a Kerala textbook
Rediff - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
It has been alleged by groups claiming to represent Muslims and Christians that this particular lesson preaches atheism. It sticks because the government ...
http://in.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/16guest2.htm


Study: Media more liberal, secular than ever
OneNewsNow - Tupelo,MS,USA
In Fyfe's CMI Special Report titled "Apostles of Atheism," she found that "91% of the journalists say that you don't have to believe in God to be a moral ...
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Journal/newsofinterest.aspx?id=145470


Living the Thinking Life
ScienceBlogs - USA
So I decided I would focus on how I came to atheism as a reasoned and reasonable way to live, even though I was (like many of you, I suppose) raised to ...
http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2008/07/living_the_thinking_life.php

 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

The Truth Sizzles
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA
Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker whose first production, A Flock of Dodos, was about the Intelligent Design circus. ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sloan-wilson/the-truth-sizzles_b_112768html

 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Intelligent Design to be Taught Alongside Evolution in Louisiana ...
DailyTech - Chicago,IL,USA
According to New Scientist, Forrest feels that the wording of the act names evolution along with global warming, the origins of human life, ...

http://www.dailytech.com/Intelligent+Design+to+be+Taught+Alongside+Evolution+in+Louisiana+Schools/article12336.htm


Evolution, Life Sciences, Science Education, Human Evolution, and ...
ScienceBlogs - USA
Instead of trying to prove that ID is science, they have sought to bestow on teachers the right to introduce non-scientific alternatives to evolution under ...
http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2008/07/creationist_education_bill_in.php?utm_source=sbhomepage&utm_medium=link&utm_content=channellink


Evolution, Life Sciences, Science Education, Human Evolution, and ...
ScienceBlogs - USA
As reported in last week's Evolution Education Update, Chris Comer, the Director of Science at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) who was forced to resign ...

http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2008/07/comers_suit_against_creationis.php?utm_source=sbhomepage&utm_medium=link&utm_content=channellink


Taking a Cue From Ants on Evolution of Humans
New York Times - United States
He is preparing a treatise on the forces of social evolution, which seems likely to apply to people the lessons evident in ant colonies. ...

http://wwwnytimes.com/2008/07/15/science/15wils.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=science


Vouchers, Evolution Top Issues in La.
Education Week News - Bethesda,MD,USA
Jindal to veto the bill, cited the vast amount of scientific evidence backing up evolution and its centrality to students' understanding of science. ..
http://www.edweek.org/login.html?source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.edweek.org%2Few%2Farticles%2F2008%2F07%2F16%2F43larecap.h27.html&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.edweek.org%2Few%2Farticles%2F2008%2F07%2F16%2F43larecap.h27.html&levelId=2100&baddebt=false


WYD funding better spent on climate change: Secularists
Special Broadcasting Service - Australia
Dr
Wallace objected to state funding of faith-based schools, churches and their members. "At the end of the day, separation of church and state is about ...

http://news.sbs.com.au/worldnewsaustralia/wyd_funding_better_spent_on_climate_change_secularists_551828


Evolution & Extinction
Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA
What the forces of evolution produced over millions of years can be destroyed relatively quickly.
North America's passenger pigeon is one example. ...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/nie/weeklylessons/stories/20080707-dnnielesson.59af00de.html


Hearing scheduled for creationist teacher's appeal in Ohio
National Center for Science Education - Oakland,CA,USA
Freshwater has been accused of teaching "intelligent design" creationism in his biology classes, and of using a piece of lab equipment to brand a cross on a ...

http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/news/2008/OH/188_hearing_scheduled_for_creation_7_15_2008.asp


Exploring the Human Evolution
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) - Wien,Austria
Perhaps it was because I was conversing in English that he failed to get a mental picture of the theory of evolution rather than any religious bias. ...
http://www.pr-inside.com/exploring-the-human-evolution-r705372.htm


Recent study analyzes teachers' views on intelligent design
The Daily Collegian Online - University Park,PA,USA
By Erin Rowley By Erin Rowley Adam Allshouse saw the effects teaching intelligent design can have firsthand when his senior high's school board mandated the ...
http://wwwcollegian.psu.edu/archive/2008/07/17/recent_study_analyzes_teachers.aspx


Live Review: The Izzard Has Landed
Willamette Week - Portland,OR,USA
Izzard asked the crowd late in the show, after lots of jokes about dinosaurs in church and the wacky things "the boys from Intelligent Design" have come up ...
http://wweek.com/wwire/?p=12537

 

SCIENCE

Detecting Early Forms Of Cancer By Analyzing Structure of Specific Sugar Molecules

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2008) In order to provide the most effective treatments for cancer patients, it is essential to develop methods of sensitive and specific early detection of the disease...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080709204831.htm


Learning Suffers If Brain Transcript Isn't Transported Far Out To End Of Neurons

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2008) Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have solved a mystery that lies at the heart of human learning...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710120503.htm


Model For Automated, Wearable Artificial Kidney Designed

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2008) Two researchers from UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have developed a design for an automated, wearable artificial kidney...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710153015.htm


Children Are Naturally Prone To Be Empathic And Moral

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2008) Children between the ages of seven and 12 appear to be naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080711080957.htm


Biological Marker For Alzheimer's Holds Promise For Earlier Diagnosis And Treatment

ScienceDaily (July 12, 2008) Researchers at Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario have found clear evidence that increases in the size of the brain ventricles are directly associated with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080711093657.htm


Scientists Identify Genetic Basis For The Black Sheep Of The Family

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) Coat color of wild and domestic animals is a critical trait that has significant biological and economic impact. Researchers have now identified the genetic basis for black coat color, and white, in a breed of domestic sheep...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710174236.htm


Scientists Learn How Food Affects The Brain: Omega 3 Especially Important

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) In addition to helping protect us from heart disease and cancer, a balanced diet and regular exercise can also protect the brain and ward off mental disorders...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080709161922.htm


Verbally Aggressive Mothers Direct Their Children's Behavior

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) A new study reveals that verbally aggressive (VA) mothers tend to control their children's choice of activities as well as use physical negative touch, along with directives, when trying to alter their child's actions...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080709155312.htm


Brain Cells Related To Fear Identified, Paving The Way For More Effective Treatment Of Post-Traumatic Stress And Other Anxiety Disorders

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in any given year, about 40 million adults (18 or older) will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, including debilitating conditions such as phobias, panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710173007.htm


What's My Age? Mystery Star Cluster Has 3 Different Birthdays

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) Imagine having three clocks in your house, each chiming at a different time. Astronomers have found the equivalent of three out-of-sync "clocks" in the ancient open star cluster NGC 6791. The dilemma may fundamentally challenge the way astronomers estimate cluster ages, researchers said...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710200523.htm


Can Microorganisms Be A Solution To The World's Energy Problems?

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) Microorganisms once reigned supreme on the Earth, thriving by filling every nook and cranny of the environment billions of years before humans first arrived on the scene. Now, this ability of microorganisms to grow from an almost infinite variety of food sources may play a significant role in bailing out society from its current energy crisis, according to the Biodesign Institute's Bruce Rittmann, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Rolf Halden...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710094033.htm


Scientists Predict New Uses For Existing Drugs From Their Side Effects

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2008) Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) discovered a new way to make use of drugs' unwanted side effects...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710142920.htm

 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Texas Supreme Court Ruling Paves the Way for Religious Abuse ...
American Chronicle - Beverly Hills,CA,USA
This is why American Atheists and other state/church separation groups spoke out so loudly against the passage of these religious laws. ...
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/68140


Archbishop's call to deny communion to pro-abortion pols opposed
ABS CBN News - Philippines
Respect for each other's belief is democratic space, and we must respect separation of church and state, including political beliefs," the speaker said in a ...

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=125128


Should public be OK with prayer before meetings?
Lancaster Eagle Gazette - Lancaster,OH,USA
"The whole idea of separation of church and state is not in the Constitution, period," Burbee said. "They don't have any legal argument to stand on. ...

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080713/NEWS01/807130306/1002


Religion in school hit
Worcester Telegram - Worcester,MA,USA
The 16-year-old got more than he had hoped for becoming the focus of a lingering separation of church and state controversy that some feel will be ...
http://www.telegram.com/article/20080713/NEWS/807130407/1116


Young Catholics kick off World Youth Day in Sydney
International Herald Tribune - France
Although Australia does not have a statutory separation of church and state, some people are unhappy that the Catholic Church, which counts only a quarter ...
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/15/asia/catholics.php


Grand Junction's tradition of prayer at meetings challenged
KJCT8.com - Grand Junction,CO,USA
Because religion, as one council member said, is a very personal thing," said Western Colorado Atheist member Anne Landman. Up next, city council will have ...

http://kjct8.com/Global/story.asp?S=8688856


Lawsuit against Dakota Boys Ranch dismissed
Jamestown Sun - Jamestown,ND,USA
... to declare a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state, and to order the government to stop sending children or money to the ranch. ...
http://www.jamestownsun.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D91VRDGG0


Atheist Activist Seeks to Sue Governor
Chicago Public Radio - Chicago,IL,USA
An outspoken atheist filed papers in court yesterday to stop
Illinois officials from giving money to a historic church. Rob Sherman is known for his lawsuit ...
http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=26670

 

MISCELLANEOUS

I want one of these t-shirts!
Western Standard- Shotgun Blog - Calgary,Alberta,Canada
The Discovery Institute has a campaign to bring discussion of "intelligent design" into science classrooms. The campaign is known as "Teach the Controversy. ...
http://westernstandard.blogscom/shotgun/2008/07/i-want-one-of-t.html

 
 
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