THE   FOCUS

July 10, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 28
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

Rediscovering Secular America
The Nation. - New York,NY,USA
In addition to advocating for the separation of church and state, he was active on children's issues, and founded and managed the Maine Discovery Museum, ...
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut/448533/rediscovering_secular_america

ATHEISM

Come on up: it's the atheist game show
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
IT SOUNDS like the beginning of a joke: what do you get when you put a Muslim imam, a Greek Orthodox priest, a rabbi, a Buddhist monk and 10 atheists in the ...
http://www.smh.com.au/world/come-on-up-its-the-atheist-game-show-20090703-d7s6html

Turkish TV gameshow looks to convert atheists
Reuters India - Mumbai,India
By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists? ...
http://in.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idINIndia-40789120090703

Faiths compete on Turkish game show
CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Others think the show will fuel a widespread intolerance of atheism in Turkey, where a large majority profess a deep religious belief despite the state's ...
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2009/07/03/turkey-gameshow-religion-atheists.html

06/07/2009Mont-Saint-Michel welcomes atheist ramblers
Expatica Switzerland - Switzerland
1300 years on, Mont-Saint-Michel is now open to followers of all faiths, agnostics and atheists. France's stunning Mont-Saint-Michel, the coastal abbey set ...
http://www.expatica.com/ch/leisure/travel_tourism/Mont_Saint_Michel-welcomes-atheist-ramblers_13031.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Daniel Radcliffe: a cool nerd
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Radcliffe risked the US box office prospects of the new Harry Potter film by declaring himself to be an atheist ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/5734000/Daniel-Radcliffe-a-cool-nerd.html

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
guardian.co.uk - UK
Our ancestors, who were obviously right, would have been surprised by the crude empiricism that reduces faith to fundamentalism or atheism. ..
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jul/07/karen-armstrong-case-for-god

Our 'caveman logic' embraces ESP over evolution
EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
We believe in ESP, ghosts, and angels over the scientific theory of evolution. While science offers a wealth of rational explanations for natural phenomena, ...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/pb-ol070809.php

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Evolution F...ed Your Shit Up The World's 50 Freakiest Animals ...
PHOTOS of the 50 Freakiest, Strangest, Weirdest animals in the world - many of which you probably don't even know exist...
http://www.jamesgunn.com/evolution-fucked-your-shit-up-the-worlds-50-freakiest-animals

Creationism question in 'misleading' science GCSE
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
They should also have identified intelligent design as theory based on the "complicated way in which cells work". A spokesman for AQA said: "Merely asking a ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/evolution/5749730/Creationism-question-in-misleading-science-GCSE.html

Myanmar fossil may shed light on evolution
North County Times - Escondido,CA,USA
By MICHAEL CASEY - AP | Monday, July 6, 2009 12:10 AM PDT Dr. Chris Beard, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, talks about newly ...
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2009/07/07/science/z4f859144f1d1ebbd882575e600819024.txt

Scientists, public differ in outlooks
USA Today - USA
By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY file By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Scientists and the public don't see eye-to-eye on animal research, evolution or moneymaking, ..
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-07-09-science-survey_N.htm

SCIENCE

Testing Evolution's Role in Finding a Mate
New York Times - United States
But the scientists suggest that the explanation for the gap lies in social conditioning rather than evolution. By making the first move, a person gains ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/07dating.html?ref=health

Study finds role for parasites in evolution of sex
EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
What's so great about sex? From an evolutionary perspective, the answer is not as obvious as one might think. An article published in the July issue of the ...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/uocp-pmh070609.php

Researchers Describe The 90-year Evolution Of Swine Flu
ScienceDaily (July 5, 2009) — The current H1N1 swine flu strain has genetic roots in an illness that sickened pigs at the 1918 Cedar Rapids Swine Show in Iowa..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090629200641.htm

Coolest Spacecraft Ever In Orbit Around L2 (-273 Degrees Celsius)
ScienceDaily (July 4, 2009) — On July 2 the detectors of Planck's High Frequency Instrument reached their amazingly low operational temperature of -273°C, making them the coldest known objects in space...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090703142158.htm

Super-energetic Bursts Discovered Near Giant Black Hole
ScienceDaily (July 4, 2009) — Using a worldwide combination of diverse telescopes, astronomers have discovered that a giant galaxy's bursts of very high energy gamma rays are coming from a region very close to the supermassive black hole at its core...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090702140839.htm

Shape Matters In The Case Of Cobalt Nanoparticles
ScienceDaily (July 4, 2009) — Shape is turning out to be a particularly important feature of some commercially important nanoparticles—but in subtle ways...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090617123431.htm

The Problem With Self-help Books: The Negative Side To Positive Self-statements
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2009) — In times of doubt and uncertainty, many Americans turn to self-help books in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090702110503.htm

Triple Fossil Find Puts Australia Back On The Dinosaur Map
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2009) — Scientists have discovered three new species of Australian dinosaur discovered in a prehistoric billabong in Western Queensland...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090703070846.htm

Return To The Moon: First Images Kick Off Mapping Mission
ScienceDaily (July 3, 2009) — NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) has taken and received its first images of the Moon, kicking off the year-long mapping mission of Earth's nearest celestial neighbor...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090702170135.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Separation anxiety
Boston Globe - United States
Between the comic moments, Wexler critiques how the Supreme Court has defined the separation of church and state under the First Amendment. ...
http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2009/07/05/separation_anxiety/

Tea Bagging Protestors Decry Government Spending Policies
TriCities.com - Johnson City,TN,USA
Speakers at the rally addressed the issues of hate-crime legislation, health care reform and opposition to the separation of church and state. ...
http://www.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/tea_bagging_protestors_decry_government_spending_policies/28180/

Camp Verde cross controversy still grows
Camp Verde Bugle - Camp Verde,AZ,USA
Following a citizen complaint and a request by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the cross, owned by the Bread of Life Mission and on ...
http://campverdebugleonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&subsectionID=1&articleID=23654

Council to look at prayer practice
Newstreamz San Marcos - San Marcos,Texas,USA
San Marcos City Councilmembers received a letter last month from Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) and the American Civil Liberties ...
http://www.newstreamz.com/2009/07/06/council-to-look-at-prayer-practice/

Group asks Tracy to drop religion from invocations
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
In her letter, Kratz said her nonprofit works to protect the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. Bill Sartor, the city's deputy city ...
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12787381

Sally Kern heckled by protesters as she launches morality campaign
365Gay.com - USA
Ever hear of the separation of Church and State or did you miss that day at school? IGNORANCE and RELIGION are the biggest threats to this nation, ...
http://www.365gay.com/news/sally-kern-heckled-by-protesters-as-she-launches-morality-campaign/

Kerns blames it on the gays
Dallas Voice - Dallas,TX,USA
McAffrey points out that Jefferson coined the phrase “separation of church and state” in a letter he wrote in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists assuring them “a ...
http://www.dallasvoice.com/artman/publish/article_11550.php

Orthodox Church Gets a Say on Duma Bills
The Moscow Times - Russia
It raises questions about separation between church and state, which is enshrined in the Constitution, and promises to raise new concerns about the growing ...
http://www.moscowtimes.ru/article/1010/42/379444.htm

Americans United Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Ascertain ...
Common Dreams (press release) - Portland,ME,USA
WASHINGTON - July 9 - Americans United for Separation of Church and State today reiterated its call for the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme ...
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/07/09-10

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