THE   FOCUS

July 24, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 30
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

Their Belief Is in the Power of Persuasion
New York Times - United States
Polls show that atheists' numbers are growing around the country. “I got phone calls from people who said, 'I've been an atheist all my life, ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/24/nyregion/24nyc.html

Atheists sue to stop 'In God We Trust' in Capitol visitor's center
USA Today - USA
By Melissa Golden, for USA TODAY By Lindsay Perna, Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a federal ...
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-07-17-atheist-capitol_N.htm

Atheists sue to keep In God We Trust' off Capitol Visitor Center
MiamiHerald.com - Miami,FL,USA
Now, however, Lungren finds himself tussling with a national atheists and agnostics group. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. sued ...
http://www.miamiheraldcom/news/politics/AP/story/1147547.html

Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women
After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church -- and he's decided it's time they go their separate ways...
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/07/20/jimmy-carter-leaves-church-over-treatment-of-women/?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F07%2F20%2Fjimmy-carter-leaves-church-over-treatment-of-women%2F

ATHEISM

Atheists Choose 'De-Baptism' to Renounce Childhood Faith
Beliefnet.com
For Gray, the lighthearted spirit of last summer's Atheist Coming Out Party and De-Baptism Bash in suburban Westerville, Ohio, served a higher purpose than ...
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/07/atheists-choose-de-baptism-to.php

School's Out for Atheists?
Big Issue in Scotland - UK
The first atheist summer camp, called Camp Quest, is set to pitch tent in a field in Somerset this week. From July 27-31, a small squad of short-trousered ...
http://www.bigissuescotland.com/features/view/101

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Brad Pitt: 'I'm probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic'
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA
"I'm probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don't think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, ...
http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/07/23/2009-07-23_brad_pitt_im_probably_20_percent_atheist_and_80_percent_agnostic.html

Reason.tv: Matt Ridley on Evolution, Economics, & "Ideas Having Sex"
Reason Online - Los Angeles,CA,USA
In the reason.tv interview, Ridley discusses some of the themes in The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature; The Origins of Virtue: Human ...
http://reason.com/blog/show/134996.html

Why Don't Bees Go to Heaven?
HQ (man created god) AKA The Rational Anthem
YouTube.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bMi4s_yOE

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Did Humans Kill Neanderthals?
TIME - USA
The study, published this week in The Journal of Human Evolution, is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests contact between Neanderthals and ...
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1912195,00.html

SCIENCE

Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Still Crucial 40 Years Later, Say Researchers
ScienceDaily (July 18, 2009) — A lunar geochemist at Washington University in St. Louis says that there are still many answers to be gleaned from the moon rocks collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts on their historic moonwalk 40 years ago July 20...
http://www.sciencedailycom/releases/2009/07/090717150254.htm

Quantum Goes Massive: Profound Effect Of Astrophysics Experiment On Future Quantum Experiments
ScienceDaily (July 18, 2009) — An astrophysics experiment in America has demonstrated how fundamental research in one subject area can have a profound effect on work in another as the instruments used for the...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090716093526.htm

Social Reasoning And Brain Development Are Linked In Preschoolers
ScienceDaily (July 18, 2009) — New research at Queen's University shows that the way preschool children understand false beliefs can be linked to particular aspects of brain development. This landmark research may aid in..
http://www.sciencedailycom/releases/2009/07/090715074928.htm

Solar Cycle Linked To Global Climate
ScienceDaily (July 17, 2009) — Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, research led by scientists at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in...
http://www.sciencedailycom/releases/2009/07/090716113358.htm

Solar Power: New SunCatcher Power System Ready For Commercial Production In 2010
ScienceDaily (July 17, 2009) — Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and Tessera Solar recently unveiled four newly designed solar power collection dishes at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF)...
http://www.sciencedailycom/releases/2009/07/090709205950.htm

105-day Mars Simulation Full of Experiments and Realistic Mission Scenarios
ScienceDaily (July 17, 2009) — From March 31 to July 14, a six-man international crew called an isolation chamber in Moscow their home. The crew, composed of four Russians and two Europeans...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090713201625.htm

Eagle Nebula: An Eagle Of Cosmic Proportions
ScienceDaily (July 17, 2009) — Located 7000 light-years away, towards the constellation of Serpens (the Snake), the Eagle Nebula is a dazzling stellar nursery, a region of gas and dust where young stars are currently being formed...
http://www.sciencedailycom/releases/2009/07/090716093520.htm

Scientists Find Tsunami 'Shadow' Visible From Space
ScienceDaily (July 16, 2009) — For the first time, NOAA scientists have demonstrated that tsunamis in the open ocean can change sea surface texture in a way that can be measured by satellite-borne radars...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090716103849.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Conservative group's billboards protest separation of church, state
Tampabay.com
Former Secretary of State Katherine Harris, while campaigning for the US Senate in 2006, called separation of church and state a "lie we have been told," ...
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/article1020144.ece

Group challenges move to add religious language to Capitol ...
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
"As our nation's founders did, I support separation of church and state," he said. The addition of the words to the visitors center could cost as much as ...
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-ungodly-capitol22-2009jul22,0,6911235.story

Graduation lawsuit moves forward
Brookfield Elm Grove Now - Waukesha,WI,USA
The group argued holding a public ceremony at a religious venue was an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. ..
http://www.brookfieldnow.com/news/51331292.html

Court Bans Bible Distribution in Missouri Public School
Opposing Views - Los Angeles,CA,USA
By Americans United - 4 Minutes Ago Americans United for Separation of Church and State today praised a federal appeals court decision barring Bible ...
http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-court-bans-bible-distribution-in-missouri-public-school-r-1248200085

Islamic nonprofit paid for Rep. Ellison's pilgrimage to Mecca
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN,USA
... that funded a public official's trip to a religious site heightens the questions Samuelson's group has raised about the separation of church and state. ...
http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/house/51361722.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyU

MISCELLANEOUS

Russian pupils to have choice of religion, ethics
The Associated Press
.. effort to teach young Russians morals in the wake of a turbulent period of uncertainty following the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union. ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjn0rkyqqoyXLlHDknoZ5fDTNAHAD99IS1500

Candidate judge says there is no God
Independent Online - Cape Town,Western Cape,South Africa
I am an atheist." Paterson, whose lengthy theological studies included a stint at Oxford University, explained that he had eventually come to the conclusion ...
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20090722010603666C471054
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