THE   FOCUS

August 31, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 35
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
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FEATURED ARTICLES

A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash
New York Times - United States
David Campbell switched on the overhead projector and wrote "Evolution" in the rectangle of light on the screen. EVIDENCE A student in Mr. Campbell's ..
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/education/24evolution.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=science

Billboard intended to remind people that religion's not for everyone
Seattle Times - United States
And maybe, just maybe, get a few more members for the foundation, which fights for the separation of church and state. The 14-foot-by-48-foot billboard, ..
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008140844_billboard27m0.html


 
News Articles
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ATHEISM

Student group under fire for homosexual Jesus poster
Gay Socialites - New York , NY , USA
The student group Activists for Atheism are under fire at Lorain County Community College in Ohio for hanging this poster that claims Jesus had a homosexual ...
http://gaysocialites.com/2008/08/student_group_under_fire_for_h.html

'Imagine No Religion' signs to go up around town
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
24, 2008 04:52 PM A national organization that promotes freedom from religion and separation of church and state is hoping to get Phoenix commuters talking ...
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/08/24/20080824billboard0824-ON.html

Ask an atheist!
smudailycampus.com - Dallas , TX , USA
Atheism sets its roots from the pre-Socratics. The etymology of atheist can be traced to Ancient Greek from the word atheos meaning without (a-) god (theos) ...
http://media.www.smudailycampus.com/media/storage/paper949/news/2008/08/28/Opinion/Ask-An.Atheist-3406619-page2.shtml

Atheists forced to travel out of Donegal for final resting place
Irish Times - Dublin,Ireland
IT APPEARS there may be nowhere in Co Donegal where someone who is openly an atheist can be buried. Such was the discovery of journalist Roy Greenslade this ...
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/0829/1219875241992.html

 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Sexy Girls in Bikinis cat Fight About Atheism
PR Web (press release) - Ferndale , WA , USA
Two young women fight poolside about the existence of God, rather than whether Miller Lite tastes great or is less filling. The ad promotes the newly ...
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/8/prweb1240834.htm

BOOK REVIEW: Roy on France and Islam by Khaled Ahmed
Daily Times - Lahore , Pakistan
One approach opposes separation; the other allows separation to achieve integration. Both approaches have failed. Assimilationist France doesn't allow the ...
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\08\24\story_24-8-2008_pg3_4

Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity From ...
RedOrbit - Dallas , TX , USA
By Day, Matthew doi: 10.1017/S0009640708000863 Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design. ...
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1537129/monkey_trials_and_gorilla_sermons_evolution_and_christianity_from_darwin/

 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Area scientist on team at 'hotbed of evolution'
Canada.com - Don Mills,Ontario,Canada
He says there's evidence it was a "hotbed for evolution." This means, cutting through a lot of Greek terminology of placoderms and melano-gnathuses and the ...
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=7dca07ac-ac50-4147-95cb-016fcababa09

How 'Secondary' Sex Characters Can Drive The Origin Of Species
Science Daily (press release) - USA
In the September 2008 issue of Evolution (now online), Armin Moczek and Harald Parzer examine males from four geographically separated populations of the ..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080825103553.htm

Smart Riposte to Intelligent Design
Wall Street Journal - USA
The multimedia show, "Surviving: The Body of Evidence," is a shot across the bow of "intelligent design" thinking. A smartly presented argument that the ...
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121970645883770965.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

The Christian Right's Got a New Stealth Tactic to Smuggle ...
AlterNet - San Francisco , CA , USA
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies believe the Science Education Act is another attempt to force religion into public ...
http://www.alternet.org/rights/96490/the_christian_right's_got_a_new_stealth_tactic_to_smuggle_creationism_into_science_class/?page=1

Is craziness part of evolution?
Times of India - India
Natural selection may be behind many psychiatric problems. Mental illnesses, many researchers claim, are the byproducts of an over-functional brain. ...
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/HealthSci/Is_craziness_part_of_evolution/articleshow/3414061cms

Tracing the steps of evolution back to Taung
Independent Online - Cape Town , South Africa
The fossil will also be part of an initiative to educate people in evolution and anthropology. A delegation from the North West provincial government ...
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=588&art_id=vn20080827061100130C881390

Locust Grove man's book challenges schools' curriculum
Orange County Review - Orange , VA , USA
The ACLU and other organizations believe that the bill is a way to sneak Intelligent Design into the curriculum. "Many states have brought in Intelligent ..
http://www.orangenews.com/ocn/lifestyles/announcements/article/locust_grove_mans_book_challenges_schools_curriculum/26851/

 

SCIENCE

Pangea Conundrum

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2008) The existence of the supercontinent Pangea, which formed about 300 million years ago and broke up about 200 million years ago, is a cornerstone of plate tectonics, and processes resulting in its assembly and fragmentation have governed the evolution of Earth's crust for 500 million years...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080822093722.htm

Fish Cancer Gene Linked To Pigment Pattern That Attracts Mates

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2008) Though skin cancer is deadly to male fish, it also has one perk: The black melanoma splotches arise from attractive natural markings that lure female mates. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week shows...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080818184305.htm

New Climate Record Shows Century-long Droughts In Eastern North America

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2008) A stalagmite in a West Virginia cave has yielded the most detailed geological record to date on climate cycles in eastern North America over the past 7,000 years. The new study confirms that during periods when Earth received less solar radiation, the Atlantic Ocean cooled, icebergs increased and precipitation fell, creating a series of century-long droughts...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080819092017.htm

Genes And Nutrition Influence Caste In Unusual Species Of Harvester Ant

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2008) Researchers trying to determine whether nature or nurture determines an ant's status in the colony have found a surprising answerBoth...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080818184253.htm

Some Cells Self-destruct For The Greater Common Good

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) ETH Zurich biologists, led by Professors Martin Ackermann and Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, in collaboration with Michael Doebeli of the University of British Colombia in Vancouver (CN), have been able to describe how random molecular processes during cell division allow some cells to engage in a self-destructive act...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080821164308.htm

With Skate Eyes, Scientists Peer Into Human Disease

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) Paradoxically, the photoreceptor cells in our retinas release more of their neurotransmitter, glutamate, in the dark, when there is nothing to see, than they do in the light. This is doubly surprising since although glutamate is a major signaling molecule in the retina...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080813101953.htm

Stellar Stillbirths: Brown Dwarfs Revealed As Third Class Of Celestial Bodies After Stars And Planets

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) The systematics of celestial bodies apparently needs to be revised. Researchers at the Argelander Institute of Astronomy of the University of Bonn have discovered that brown dwarfs need to be treated as a separate class in addition to stars and planets...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080822085113.htm

Climate Change Could Be Impetus For Wars, Other Conflicts, Expert Says

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) Hurricane season has arrived, sparking renewed debate regarding possible links between global warming and the frequency and severity of hurricanes, heat waves and other extreme weather events...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080821164304.htm

Radioactive Waste Recycling No Longer A Pain In The Ash

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) A new recycling plant will soon recover uranium from the ashes of radioactive garbage to be recycled back into nuclear fuel using an efficient, environmentally friendly technology inspired by decaffeinated coffee...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080821213606.htm

Mystery Of Young Stars Near Black Holes Solved

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) The mystery of how young stars can form within the deep gravity of black holes has been solved by a team of astrophysicists at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080821210349.htm

Face Recognition: Nurture Not Nature

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) Researchers have discovered that our society can influence the way we recognise other people's faces...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080819213027.htm

Optical Computing Closer To Reality

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2008) Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have theorized a way to increase the speed of pulses of light that bound across chains of tiny metal particles to well past the speed of light by altering the particle shape...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080819160155.htm

Acute Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Linked To Development Of Schizophrenia

ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2008) Pregnant women who endure the psychological stress of being in a war zone are more likely to give birth to a child who develops schizophrenia. New research supports a growing body of literature that attributes maternal exposure to severe stress during the early months of pregnancy to an increased susceptibility to schizophrenia in the offspring..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080820194845.htm

Most Black Holes Might Come In Only Small And Large

ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2008) Black holes are sometimes huge cosmic beasts, billions of times the mass of our sun, and sometimes petite with just a few times the sun's mass. But do black holes also come in size medium? A new study suggests that, for the most part, the answer is no...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080820210740.htm

Removing Tumors Through The Nose: Neurosurgeon Uses Smaller Openings To Reach The Brain

ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2008) Dr. Edward Duckworth is part of a new generation of neurosurgeons who are making brain surgery a lot easier on patients...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080820162951.htm

 

SEPARATION  CHURCH / STATE

Church And State
CBS News - New York , NY , USA
Rick Warren kicked off the event with a fairly straightforward message: "We believe in the separation of church and state, but we do not believe in the ...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/22/politics/animal/main4373104.shtml

Sign program alerts travelers to 'attractions' along road
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh , PA , USA
As for the separation of church and state, "Getting Around" isn't out to make that an issue. Travel any main road and you'll see many crosses, church signs ...
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08237/906353-452.stm

School Bible Courses Approved in Texas
Dissident Voice - Santa Rosa , CA , USA
While some states raise the issue of the separation of church and state, Texas meshes the two on the local level. Many school districts already teach the ...
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/08/school-bible-courses-approved-in-texas/

Missouri Public School Must Stop Distribution of Bibles To Fifth ...
Americans United - Washington , DC , USA
.. Bibles to fifth-graders on school property during school hours, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appellate court. ...
http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr011=l2hf2ky4d7.app5b&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=10011&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241

 

MISCELLANEOUS

US group leaves Beijing without Bibles
Gillette News Record - Gillette,WY,USA
China's officially atheistic government prohibits proselytizing and is worried that if the spread of religion goes unchecked, believers might ultimately ..
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2008/08/22/news/monday/news03.txt

Anti-gays mark DNCC with downtown Denver protest; one arrested
PageOneQ.com - USA
exclaimed local atheist, lesbian transwoman Jessica Sideways to the group. "Talk to an atheist! Talk to a non-believer! Talk to a therapist, for Christ's ...
http://pageoneq.com/news/2008/16thprotest0826.html


 
 
 
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