THE   FOCUS

October 26, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 43
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
 
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FEATURED ARTICLES

For Atheists, Politics Proves to Be a Lonely Endeavor

New York Times - United States

As an atheist, Ms. Norman felt indignant about what she considered an intrusion of religious dogma into public policy. So she decided to hold a rally of ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/us/18religion.html?_r=1&ref=politics&oref=slogin

 

From Old Vials, New Hints on Origin of Life

New York Times - United States

A classic experiment exploring the origin of life has, more than a half-century later, yielded new results.  In 1953, Stanley L. Miller, then a graduate student of Harold C. Urey at the University of Chicago, put ammonia, methane and hydrogen...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/17/science/17life.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

 

Bush Aides Say Religious Hiring Doesn't Bar Aid

New York Times - United States

WASHINGTON — In a newly disclosed legal memorandum, the Bush administration says it can bypass laws that forbid giving taxpayer money to religious groups that hire only staff members who share their faith...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/washington/18discrimination.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

 

Prof Richard Dawkins drives support for London's first atheist bus ...

Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom

Buses emblazoned with adverts declaring "there's probably no God" will soon be travelling through the streets of London after the prominent atheist ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/3229106/Prof-Richard-Dawkins-drives-support-for-Londons-first-atheist-bus-advert.html

 
 
News Articles
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ATHEISM

Atheist confronts religion

East Tennessean Online Edition (subscription) - Johnson City,TN,USA

Now that I've matured and developed, I am a "stalwart atheist" as Pat Cronin once hailed me. Seeing him play Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind" was a ...

http://media.www.easttennessean.com/media/storage/paper203/news/2008/10/20/Viewpoint/Atheist.Confronts.Religion-3494738.shtml

 

Don't count us out

USA Today - USA

It erases vast numbers of Americans —not only atheists, agnostics and secularists, but also those who have turned away from the God and religion of the Old ...

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/10/dont-count-us-o.html

 

Dr. Mynga Futrell, Executive Director of Worldwide Brights ...

MarketWatch - USA

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 20, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- This award is presented each year by the Atheist Alliance International to the person whose ...

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/dr-mynga-futrell-executive-director/story.aspx?guid=%7B2A29751D-929D-416D-91F9-8CE01A6948C0%7D&dist=hppr

 

All aboard the Atheist Bus Campaign

guardian.co.uk - UK

In addition to the slogan, the adverts will feature the URLs of secular, humanist and atheist websites, so that readers can find out more about atheism as a ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/21/religion-advertising

 

Bagg: Waiting for our show

Yale Daily News - New Haven,CT,USA

Atheism is confused for immorality, and on that basis open atheists are effectively barred from elected office by the religious public's categorical ...

http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/25876

 

Arriving soon: atheist bus campaign gets off to a flying start

guardian.co.uk - UK

The UK's first atheist advertising campaign has beaten its funding target in less than 24 hours, raising more than five times the amount needed to have its ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/oct/22/religion-atheist-dawkins-god

 

Atheist buses ready to roll across country after making £31000 in ...

Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom

Atheist adverts declaring "there's probably no God" could be placed on buses across the country after a fundraising drive made five times the target amount ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3236701/Atheist-buses-ready-to-roll-across-country-after-making-31000-in-a-day.html

 

Atheists' MySpace page restored after hacking incident

Secure Computing - Australia

by Payday Loan Advocate | Oct 21, 2008 4:58 PM By Frank Washkuch The "Atheist and Agnostic Group" MySpace page has been reactivated, a month after the page ...

http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/102844,atheists-myspace-page-restored-after-hacking-incident.aspx

 

British Atheists Announce Plan for Bus Ads, and Contributions ...

Washington Post - United States

Atheism is far more popular, and socially and politically accepted, in Britain than in the United States. Many people who do not believe in God call ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/21/AR2008102102433.html?hpid=moreheadlines

 

Atheists clamber on board in Dawkins-driven ad campaign

Brand Republic - London,UK

by Jennifer Whitehead, Brand Republic 21-Oct-08, 15:20 LONDON - Advertisements promoting atheism are to appear on London buses starting in January following ...

http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/855497/Atheists-clamber-board-Dawkins-driven-ad-campaign/

 

Atheists put faith in 'God-free' advertising

Irish Times - Dublin,Ireland

BRITAIN : "THE SKY'S the limit for atheists, even if we don't believe there's anyone up there." That was the cheerful forecast of Atheist Bus Campaign ...

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2008/1023/1224625124776.html

 

Atheists plan ad campaign on side of London buses

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — London buses have God on their side — but not for long, if atheists have their way. The sides of some of London's red buses will soon carry ...

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h5dT9_Mfzt50a2hTXDwEg0nhJweAD93VME6O0

 

Atheists Run Ads Saying God 'Probably' Doesn't Exist

CNSNews.com - Alexandria,VA,USA

Disturbed by the ads, she wrote an article in the Guardian newspaper suggesting that people donate around $8 apiece for bus ads touting atheism. ...

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=38019

 

Atheists for bus ad campaign

Howrah News Service - Howrah,West Bengal,India

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Oct. 23: Come January, and London will have atheist buses, with the comment, "There's probably no God. ...

http://howrah.org/World/34844html

 

Ask an atheist!

smudailycampus.com - Dallas,TX,USA

The quick answer is no, free will does not solve the problem of evil. I actually heard this argument last semester when Katrina Myers wrote a response to my ...

http://media.www.smudailycampus.com/media/storage/paper949/news/2008/10/23/Opinion/Ask-An.Atheist-3501864.shtml

 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

The Book of Atheist Spirituality and Between the Monster and the ...

Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom

The Book of Atheist Spirituality rejects all claims of the supernatural. Spirituality of every variety is entirely contained within nature; he believes that ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/10/23/bocom123.xml

 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Expert education panel sparks doubts

Austin American-Statesman - Austin,TX,USABy Laura Heinauer One of the leading proponents of intelligent design and two scientists who say they have doubts about the theory of evolution are among ...

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/16/1016science.html

 

Martin says evolution debate isn't completely resolved

Topeka Capital Journal - Topeka,KS,USA

A conservative Republican from Clay Center, Martin actively supported state science standards critical of evolution after sitting through days of trial-like ...

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/101908/loc_346097101.shtml

 

Churches can tout issues, not hopefuls

Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA

"I thought we were secular and we had separation of church and state," said Ruiz. Like Allred, he wondered whether the churches were treading on treacherous ...

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2008/10/19/20081019preachingissue1019.html

 

Washington Co. school board candiates discuss intelligent design ...

Hagerstown Morning Herald - Hagerstown,MD,USA

Candidates discuss their thoughts on whether intelligent design has a place in the classroom on page A3 of today's Herald-Mail. They also respond to another ...

http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=206227&format=html

 

Evolution can't be ignored in board of ed race

Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA

The race for the District 4 seat on the State Board of Education heated up Monday over the issue of teaching evolution during a debate. ...

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/oct/21/evolution_cant_be_ignored_board_ed_race/?city_local

 

Creationists declare war over the brain

New Scientist (subscription) - UK

In August, the Discovery Institute ran its 2008 Insider's Briefing on Intelligent Design, at which Schwartz and Michael Egnor, a neurosurgeon at Stony Brook ...

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/brain/mg20026793.000-creationists-declare-war-over-the-brain.html

 

SCIENCE

Researchers examine evolution of genes that trigger the body's ...

PhysOrg.com - Evergreen,VA,USA

Virginia Commonwealth University Institute of Molecular Medicine researchers have traced the evolutionary origin of two genes that serve as primary cellular ...

http://www.physorg.com/news143805921.html

 

How to Catch Evolution in the Act

ABC News - USA

By LEE DYE Scientists are planning to take advantage of global climate change and catch evolution in the act. They hope to collect millions of seeds from ...

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=6082221&page=1

 

Tiny Juvenile Dinosaur Fossil Sheds Light On Evolution Of Plant Eaters

Science Daily (press release) - USA

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2008) — One of the smallest dinosaur skulls ever discovered has been identified and described by a team of scientists from London, ...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081023222248.htm

 

Ghostly Glow Reveals Galaxy Clusters In Collision

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2008) — A team of scientists, including astronomers from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have detected long wavelength radio emission from a colliding, massive galaxy cluster which, surprisingly, is not detected at the shorter wavelengths typically seen in these objects…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081015144157.htm

 

Fine Balance: Class Of Spinal Cord Neurons Makes Sure That Sides Of Body Don't Get Ahead Of One Other

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2008) — Once a toddler has mastered the art of walking, it seems to come naturally for the rest of her life. But walking and running require a high degree of coordination between the left and right sides of the body. Now researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have shown how a class of spinal cord neurons, known as V3 neurons, makes sure that one side of the body doesn't get ahead of the other…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081008150449.htm

 

First Gamma-ray-only Pulsar Observation Opens New Window On Stellar Evolution

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — About three times a second, a 10,000-year-old stellar corpse sweeps a beam of gamma-rays toward Earth. This object, known as a pulsar, is the first one known to "blink" only in gamma rays, and was discovered by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and international partners…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081016141421.htm

 

Bugs In The Gut Trigger Production Of Important Immune Cells, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — A new study reveals that specific types of bacteria in the intestine trigger the generation of pro-inflammatory immune cells, a finding that could eventually lead to novel treatments for inflammatory bowel disease and other diseases…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081015183450.htm

 

Neuroscientist Finds Transplanted Hand-to-brain Mapping 35 Years After Loss Of Limb

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — Four months after a successful hand transplant -- 35 years after amputation in an industrial accident at age 19 -- a 54-year-old man's emerging sense of touch is registered in the former "hand area" of the his brain, says a University of Oregon neuroscientist…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081009143652.htm

 

Einstein's Relativity Survives Neutrino Test

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — Physicists working to disprove "Lorentz invariance" -- Einstein's prediction that matter and massless particles will behave the same no matter how they're turned or how fast they go -- won't get that satisfaction from muon neutrinos, at least for the time being, says a consortium of scientists…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081015144155.htm

 

Gorilla Study Gives Clues To Human Language Development

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — A new University of Sussex study provides evidence that gorilla communication is linked to the left hemisphere of the brain - just as it is in humans

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081016124524.htm

 

Study Looks At The Lives Of Boys Who Commit Dating Violence

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2008) — A new study sheds light on the lives of teenage boys who abuse their girlfriends. In their own words, the young men often describe facing challenges such as growing up with troubled family lives, having little or no support when they began to fail at school, and witnessing violence in their own homes and communities…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081014204448.htm

 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Group asks IRS to investigate Ark. pastor's sermon

The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group that advocates separation of church and state asked the Internal Revenue Service on Friday to investigate an Arkansas ...

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jGU_qZCJml6cBDyQCUQnlyOtOrTgD93SFMR00

 

The Winchester Star

The Winchester Star - Winchester,VA,USA

In the firestorm concerning the separation of church and state in recent years, evangelical voters have seized headlines, often calling for the nation to be ...

http://www.winchesterstar.com/showarticle_new.php?sID=6&foldername=20081020&file=politics_article.html

 

Bay area churches choose sides over Amendment 2

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA

Right now, however, one flavor of religion is dictating the state's definition of marriage, which I see as a violation of the separation of church and state ...

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/article862214.ece

 

Americans United Advises Houses Of Worship To Refrain From ...

Americans United - Washington,DC,USA

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is advising houses of worship nationwide to respect federal tax law and stay out of partisan politics. ...

http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr001=97kfyqu5x5.app13a&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=10097&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241

 

New Mexico Church Violated Federal Tax Law With Pro-Republican ...

Americans United - Washington,DC,USA

... voters to support Republican candidates over Democratic ones, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told the Internal Revenue Service. ...

http://www.au.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr001=6aeyumox55.app13a&abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=10099&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241

 

Group asks IRS to investigate Catholic bishop against Obama

USA Today - USA

In a letter sent to the IRS on Wednesday (Oct. 22), Americans United for Separation of Church and State accused Paterson Bishop Arthur Serratelli of illegal ...

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-10-22-irs-catholic-obama_N.htm

 

Ark. pastor challenges IRS with pro-McCain sermon

Houston Chronicle - United States

He just said, `This is who I'm going to vote for and here are the principles behind it,'" said Angela Roberson, who has been attending the church for about ...

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/6060526.html

 

Some say line between Church, State being blurred

NBC Sandiego.com - San Diego,CA,USA

Could the lobbying be a violation of separation of church and state? Should political activity involving the church impact it's tax exempt status? ...

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Political_Preaching_Churches_Seek_to_Educate_Voters_on_Controversial_Proposition.html

 

Bishop's column on abortion brings complaint on tax status

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Newark,NJ,USA

BY JEFF DIAMANT A group that advocates for separation of church and state has alerted the Internal Revenue Service to a column by Arthur Serra telli, ...

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224822381165130.xml&coll=1

 

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