THE   FOCUS

December 28, 2008
Volume 4, Issue 52
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

Omar Call Preaches Atheism on Tempe's Mill Avenue
Phoenix New Times - Phoenix,AZ,USA
He's a devout non-believer, and he preaches atheism. The smiling man with the sign is Omar Call, a 31-year-old fashion designer and salesman of high-end ...
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2008-12-25/news/performance-atheist-omar-call-has-called-it-quits-on-god-and-thinks-you-should-too/

Pentagon cracks down on evangelizing at recruit-processing centers
Detroit Free Press - United States
... access to evangelize," said Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a group that monitors religion in government. ...
http://www.freep.com/article/20081226/NEWS07/81226066

Religious displays to be debated in court
California jurists next year will rule on the constitutionality of crosses on public land, teachers' speech rights and students' Bible clubs...
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs22-2008dec22,0,1371580.story


 
News Articles
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ATHEISM

No holy night
Times Daily - Florence,AL,USA
By Shelbia Brown An atheist Christmas? It may sound contradictory, but there are those who can proudly tout their nontheistic ideologies while wrapping a ...
http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20081222/ARTICLES/812220303/1004?Title=No_holy_night

Eight lessons and carols for godless people, Bloomsbury Theatre ...
Independent - London,England,UK
... to believe in God, creationism and intelligent design because what else could have created something as "complex and intricate as Professor Dawkins? ...
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/reviews/eight-lessons-and-carols-for-godless-people-bloomsbury-theatre-london-1207072.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

The greatest loss of 2008: George Carlin
Examiner.com - USA
He was a great champion, whether he meant to be or not, of the atheist cause, so to speak. By delivering his own brand of truth he helped to tear down the ...
http://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner%7Ey2008m12d24-The-greatest-loss-of-2008-George-Carlin

Santa Claus Bailout Hearings
I say, let 'em fail...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxBl9BXLom4&eurl=http://buzzflash.com/

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Third of teachers want Creationism
The Press Association
And more than a third (37%) of primary and secondary teachers in general believe that the subject should be taught alongside evolution and the Big Bang ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jVR3qvp_hgCVcZsLm4fO_x9hgeqg

SCIENCE

Tangled web of spider evolution
BBC News - UK
The species once described as the world's oldest spider is a more primitive version of the web-spinning modern spider, scientists have found. ...
http://news.bbcco.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7795897.stm

Evolution, genes work to promote overeating
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
Along with evolution is the influence of your parents. "Obesity is highly genetic," Appelhans said. "Genes play a huge role ...
http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/citizen/articles/2008/12/19/20081219phx-overating1220.html

Pain Hurts More If Person Hurting You Means It
ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2008) — Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that our experience of pain depends on whether we think someone caused the pain intentionally. In their study, participants who believed they were getting an electrical shock from another person on purpose, rather than accidentally, rated the very same shock as more painful...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081215111307.htm

Whispering Bats Are Shrieking 100 Times Louder Than Previously Thought
ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2008) — Annemarie Surlykke from the University of Southern Denmark is fascinated by echolocation. She really wants to know how it works. Surlykke equates the ultrasound cries that bats use for echolocation with the beam of light from a torch: you won't see much with the light from a small bulb but you could see several hundred metres with a powerful beam...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081212080548.htm

New Model Explains Movements Of The Moon
ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2008) — Two researchers from the universities of Valladolid and Alicante are developing a mathematical formula to study the rotation of the moon, taking into account its structure, which comprises a solid external layer and a fluid internal core...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217192747.htm

Possible Genetic Causes Of Borderline Personality Disorder Identified
ScienceDaily (Dec. 20, 2008) — According to the National Institute of Mental Health, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and is estimated to affect 2 percent of the population...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081216114100.htm

Earth's Original Ancestor Was 'LUCA'
ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2008) — An evolutionary geneticist from the Université de Montréal, together with researchers from the French cities of Lyon and Montpellier, have published a ground-breaking study that characterizes the common ancestor of all life on earth, LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor)...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217124200.htm

Cry Me A River: The Psychology Of Crying
ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2008) — We've all experienced a "good cry"—whether following a breakup or just after a really stressful day, shedding some tears can often make us feel better and help us put things in perspective. But why is crying beneficial? And is there such a thing as a "bad cry"...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217123831.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Muslim's refusal to remove veil in court sparks debate
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
... for the ACLU Foundation of Georgia, said the Constitution recognizes the separation of church and state but Valentine's case presents a different issue. ...
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/12/21/muslim_veil_court.html

Still Home for the Holidays, When Evictions Halt
New York Times - United States
And in Detroit in the mid-1980s, a landlord sued state court judges over an 18-day holiday moratorium, alleging that it violated the separation of church ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/22/nyregion/22evict.html?_r=1&hp

Military Does Not Have To Credit Retiree's Religious Work, Federal ..
Americans United - Washington,DC,USA
... the federal government for work he did as a youth pastor, in a case an attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State helped argue. ...
http://www.au.org/site/News2?abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=10197&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241

In Berkshire County, there's separation of church and sport
Berkshire Eagle - Pittsfield,MA,USA
In Berkshire County, however, there's a separation of church and sport nearly as wide as the one between church and state. Local coaches, players and ...
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_11282018

Labour party mulls ouster of Queen from Church of England
Indian Express - New Delhi,India
... of voices is calling for the centuries-old link between Church and state to be broken. Three former ministers openly backed the idea of a separation, ...
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/labour-party-mulls-ouster-of-queen-from-churc.../401419/

Nativity scene at Capitol again drawing controversy
Arkansas News - Little Rock,AR,USA
It's fine if they want to put it on church property, but there is such a thing as separation of church and state, and they're violating it. ...
http://arkansasnews.com/?p=18021

Festivus pole added to Capitol rotunda
Peoria Journal Star - Peoria,IL,USA
But Tennenhouse also said he wouldn't have bothered if not for the fuss generated by a Nativity scene being placed in the rotunda followed by the atheist ...
http://www.pjstar.com/news_state/x220011774/Festivus-pole-added-to-Capitol-rotunda

Group protests Ohio city's 'Christ in Christmas' message
Palladium-Item - Richmond,IN,USA
The Cleveland office of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State group has asked Avon Lake officials to remove the message that says: ...
http://www.pal-item.com/article/20081226/UPDATES/81226015

MISCELLANEOUS

Barack Obama to Swear in to Presidency on Homosexual Atheist's Bible
Indecision 2008 (satire) - USA
Well, it seems to be official. Barack Obama will be taking the Oath of Office on January 20, 2009, with his right hand planted firmly on the Bible owned by ...
http://blog.indecision2008.com/2008/12/23/barack-obama-to-swear-in-to-presidency-on-homosexual-atheists-bible/

Jesus Dress-Up
http://www.jesusdressup.com/



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