THE   FOCUS

January 11, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 2
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
London Journal Atheists Decide to Send Their Own Message, on 800 Buses
New York Times - United States
And then she thought, how about putting some atheist messages on the bus, as a corrective to the religious ones? And so were planted the seeds of the ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/europe/07london.html?_r=1

ATHEISM
Bus sides say there is no God
Utalkmarketing - London,UK
The British Humanist Association (BHA) is launching a new advertising campaign on bus sides and the tube promoting atheism brokered by CBS Outdoor. ...
http://www.utalkmarketing.com/pages/Article.aspx?ArticleID=12755&Title=Bus_sides_say_there_is_no_God

Atheists Launch "No God" Campaign In Britain
AHN - USA
London, England (AHN) - British atheist campaigner and book author Richard Dawkins launched on Tuesday a $204000 multi-media advertising campaign designed ...
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7013615827

Atheist 'victory for freedom of speech'
Scotsman - United Kingdom
By Martha Linden AN ATHEIST advertising campaign on buses in Scotland, across the UK and on the London Underground was launched yesterday with the slogan: ...
http://news.scotsman.com/uk/Atheist-39victory-for-freedom-of.4849397.jp

Atheist bus campaign spreads the word of no God nationwide
guardian.co.uk - UK
... the television comedy writer Ariane Sherine, creator of the campaign, said: "You wait ages for an atheist bus and then 800 come along at once. ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/06/atheist-bus-campaign-nationwide

Atheist bus: 'Sleep in on Sunday morning' adverts banned
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
They hoped to put adverts on the back of buses with slogans stating "atheism " celebrate reason" or "atheism - sleep in on Sunday mornings". ..
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/4159715/Atheist-bus-Sleep-in-on-Sunday-morning-adverts-banned.html

No God, but atheists believe in buses
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Author Richard Dawkins, who wrote The God Delusion, lends his support as the London bus atheism advertising campaign is launched. Photo: Reuters ANYONE who ...
http://www.theage.com.au/world/no-god-but-atheists-believe-in-buses-20090107-7bzt.html

New campaign sees buses carrying ads promoting.. atheism
Glasgow Daily Record - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Dialogue At the launch of the atheism campaign in London, she said: "I am glad that we live in a country where people have the freedom to believe in ...
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2009/01/07/new-campaign-sees-buses-carrying-ads-promoting-atheism-86908-21021880/

There is no god so stop worrying
NEWS.com.au - Australia
Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" set off on Britain's roads yesterday in an atheist campaign responding to a set of Christian ads. ...
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,24883983-5007185,00.html

Atheist bus ad campaign provokes bitterness in Barcelona
guardian.co.uk - UK
The posting of atheist advertising on Barcelona's buses has been branded "an attack on all religions". Next week, Barcelona will become the first city in ...
http://wwwguardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/07/atheist-bus-advertising-spain

Christians demand proof for atheist ad claims in Britain
AFP
LONDON (AFP) Angry Christians have protested to Britain's advertising watchdog over an atheist ad campaign claiming "there's probably no God" on the sides ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h7Q1RMMRSMUy2ncYzKZzo3R2eHDg

Separation of Church and State
KARK - Little Rock,USA
A group that rallies for separation of church and state is targeting a local high school. They claim they've violated the US Constitution by allowing a ...
http://arkansasmatters.com/content/fulltext/news/?cid=173831

Atheist bus adverts could lead to watchdog ruling on God's existence
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
The advertising watchdog is being called upon to rule on the likelihood of God's existence after complaints were made about the atheist bus advert campaign. ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4177717/Atheist-bus-adverts-could-lead-to-watchdog-ruling-on-Gods-existence.html

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Four Stakes in the Heart of Intelligent Design
New York Times - United States
These recent additions to the already vast Darwin literature include biographies, encyclopedias, defenses of evolution and reconsiderations of "The Origin ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/education/edlife/books-t.html?_r=1

Padian and Matzke on Darwin and Dover
National Center for Science Education - Oakland,CA,USA
Dover , the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools. Now a graduate student in the Department ..
http://ncseweb.org/news/2009/01/padian-matzke-darwin-dover-003612

Education panel to renew debate on science
The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette,LA,USA
Intelligent design is the view that life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone, implying that a higher power must have had a hand in ...
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20090108/NEWS01/90108022

SCIENCE
Evolution of species Pink iguanas offer evolution clue
WELT ONLINE - Germany
They also add to understanding of the evolution of species on the remote islands, which remain much as they were millions of years ago and which inspired ...
http://www.welt.de/english-news/article2974321/Pink-iguanas-offer-evolution-clue.html

Rock-climbing fish caught in evolution tug-of-war
Science News - USA
By Susan Milius BOSTON Evolution has stuck Hawaiian fish called stream gobies between a rock and a scary place. A Sicyopterus stimpsoni goby shorter than ...
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/39710/title/Rock-climbing_fish_caught_in_evolution_tug-of-war

Evolution In Action: Our Antibodies Take 'Evolutionary Leaps' To ...
Science Daily (press release) - USA
ScienceDaily (Jan. 5, 2009) With cold and flu season in full swing, the fact that viruses and bacteria rapidly evolve is apparent with every sneeze, ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090105101501.htm

New Model For Nuclear Pore Complex Backed By Structural Study
ScienceDaily (Jan. 3, 2009) In higher organisms, the genetic material is confined and protected in the cell nucleus. In order for a healthy cell to function, the DNA must send manufacturing orders through the double membrane of the nucleus and into the cell's cytoplasm, where the protein production factories are and where most cellular functions are carried out...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081227224147.htm

Religion May Have Evolved Because Of Its Ability To Help People Exercise Self-control
ScienceDaily (Jan. 1, 2009) Self-control is critical for success in life, and a new study by University of Miami professor of Psychology Michael McCullough finds that religious people have more self-control than do their less religious counterparts...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081231005355.htm

Mars Rovers Near Five Years Of Science And Discovery
ScienceDaily (Jan. 1, 2009) NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their memorable landings on Mars...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081231011008.htm

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Expected 2nd-3rd January, 2009
ScienceDaily (Jan. 1, 2009) This year the Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its sharp peak of activity around midday on 3rd January in the UK (early morning in the US)...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081231152318.htm

Family Rejection Of Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Children Linked To Poor Health In Childhood
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2008) For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between family rejection of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents and negative health outcomes in early adulthood...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081229080901.htm

Moderate Drinking Can Reduce Risks Of Alzheimer's Dementia And Cognitive Decline, Analysis Suggests
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2008) Moderate drinkers often have lower risks of Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive loss, according to researchers who reviewed 44 studies...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081229200750.htm

How big Jurassic flying reptiles got off ground
The Associated Press
They leapt into the air off all four legs, said Mike Habib, of the university's Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. Only vampire bats do something ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jE-V3EdudhYETrjyZlniVPxlBptwD95IJ72G0

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
111th Congress reflects greater religious diversity in the US
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
Indeed, a USA Today/Gallup poll in early 2007 showed that atheism would be a huge obstacle for a presidential candidate: 45% of respondents said they would ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs5-2009jan05,0,3274449.story

Oregon Church Clergy Refuse to Sign Marriage Certificates in Pro ...
EDGE Boston - Boston,MA,USA
The measure rescinds what had been the existing right of gay and lesbian families to marry in that state. The church will also invite people to add their ...
http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=news&sc3=&id=85503

"I Believe" license plate supporters hold rally
WIS - Columbia,SC,USA
Back in December, a Washington-based group promoting separation of church and state argued in court against the plate. A state judge put a stop to their ...
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9626639

Hundreds Turn Out For 'Plate' Rally
WYFF - Greenville,SC,USA
At the rally, Bauer pointed to exceptions to separation of church and state to argue for the plates including an obvious example is "In God We Trust" on the ...
http://www.wyff4.com/news/18426519/detail.html

Science lessons to stir debate
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge,LA,USA
Intelligent design advocates contend the universe stems from an intelligent designer rather than chance. "I don't think there is anything in there that is ...
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/education/37319874.html

MISCELLANEOUS
New prayers published for the redundant
Times Online - UK
To add to the woes of people in the City in particular, the militant atheist professor Richard Dawkins has also chosen the Christian Feast of the Epiphany ...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5461150.ece

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