THE   FOCUS

July 31, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 31
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

Atheist gives invocation at Cobb meeting
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By MARCUS K. GARNER That's what Smyrna atheist Edward Buckner told people before leading the invocation Tuesday night at the Cobb County Board of ..
http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/atheist-gives-invocation-at-103965.html

ATHEISM

Atheist group wins battle to put ads on city buses
Fox 28
AP - July 27, 2009 11:14 PM ET BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An atheist group can post "You can be good without God" ads on Bloomington city buses. ..
http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=10800236

Kumbaya replaced by John Lennon's Imagine at atheist summer camp ...
Daily Mail
Camp Quest, backed by some of the country's most prominent atheists, hosted two dozen youngsters, teaching them what its sponsors believe is the futility of ...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1202754/Kumbaya-replaced-John-Lennons-Imagine-atheist-summer-camp-kids.html

Atheist Group Wins Battle To Put Ads On City Buses
Indiana's NewsCenter
By Rachel Agler BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An atheist group can post "You can be good without God" ads on Bloomington city buses. ...
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/51861812.html

Summer camp for atheists: Camp Quest offers secular alternative to ...
New York Daily News
Would you send your kids to an 'atheist' summer camp? Yes. It's about time there was an alternative to religion-based camps. No. There's nothing wrong with ...
http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2009/07/29/2009-07-29_summer_camp_for_atheists_camp_quest_offers_secular_alternative_to_religiousbased.html

Summer camp offers 'godless' alternative for atheists
guardian.co.uk
"I'm an atheist. I believe in the big bang. I don't believe in God. I don't sing hymns and I don't pray. I'm the only non-Christian in my class at school ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jul/29/atheist-summer-camp-somerset

IndyGo Denied Atheist Ad Seen In Bloomington, South Bend
INDYchannelcom
INDIANAPOLIS -- An atheist group that recently won its fight to buy ad space for signs on Bloomington city buses was denied in Indianapolis. ...
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/20210894/detail.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

"Atheism: A Threat to Society"
**COMEDY** **SATIRE, designed to make you think** can't believe I actually had to say that. oh, and Your children are in DANGER!!! song by ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6IOcVIDAMA

Separation of Church & State
ABC2 News
Separation of church and state, it's an issue that's brewing in one part of Howard County. The Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City is asking ..
http://www.abc2news.com/news/local/story/Separation-of-Church-State/qIGLXx6ydUqE_J1A5UIQGQ.cspx

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Darwin survey shows international consensus on acceptance of evolution
Ethiopian Review
A British Council poll into awareness of Charles Darwin and attitudes towards evolution has found that there is a broad international consensus of ...
http://www.ethiopianreview.com/articles/17694

Atheist summer camp launched
BBC News
An atheist summer camp for children is taking place in Somerset, to offer a "godless alternative" to religious camps. The five-day camp in Somerset for ...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8171776.stm

Evolution faster in tropics than cooler regions
By Ians
SYDNEY - Mammals living in the tropics are evolving faster than those inhabiting cooler regions, according to a new study.
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/008200907281131.htm

Scientists complain to Ed Balls over lack of evolution teaching
Telegraph.co.uk
Professor Richard Dawkins and 25 other leading British scientists have written to Ed Balls, the schools secretary, to protest that evolution has been ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/primaryeducation/5926261/Scientists-complain-to-Ed-Balls-over-lack-of-evolution-teaching.html

SCIENCE

Students Embed Stem Cells In Sutures To Enhance Healing
ScienceDaily (July 26, 2009) — Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have demonstrated a practical way to embed a patient's own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090720191145.htm

'Ballooning' Spiders Grounded By Infection
ScienceDaily (July 26, 2009) — Money spiders infected with Rickettsia bacteria are less likely to 'balloon' – that is, to use their silk as sails to catch gusts of wind and travel long distances...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090618200929.htm

Ants More Rational Than Humans?
ScienceDaily (July 25, 2009) — In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090724144524.htm

Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision
ScienceDaily (July 25, 2009) — The checkout and calibration of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been interrupted to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090724163030.htm

Indications For Volcanic Eruptions In The Younger Geological History Found In Labrador Sea
ScienceDaily (July 25, 2009) — Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have researched the geology of the seabed in the Labrador Sea on board of the research vessel Maria S. Merian...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090722100505.htm

The Good Life: Where Psychology Stands On Living Well
ScienceDaily (July 25, 2009) — Unfortunately for us, there is no formula for fulfillment or guide to life satisfaction; however, humans have turned to philosophy...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090722110905.htm

NASA Celebrates Chandra X-Ray Observatory's 10th Anniversary
ScienceDaily (July 24, 2009) — Ten years ago, on July 23, 1999, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia and deployed into orbit...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090723113519.htm

Physicists Create First Nanoscale Mass Spectrometer
ScienceDaily (July 24, 2009) — Using devices millionths of a meter in size, physicists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a technique to determine the mass of a single molecule, in real time...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090722142841.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

ACLU will check Bible use at charter
Idaho Press-Tribune
Monica Hopkins, executive director of the ACLU of Idaho, said the state constitution affords more restrictions on the separation of church and state than ...
http://www.idahopress.com/news/?2009-07-25-ACLU-will-check-Bible-use-at-charter

Report: US Funded Religious Programs in Africa, Iraq
Beliefnet.com - New York,NY,USA
Rob Boston, spokesman for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said, "I'll concede the issue is a little murky. ...
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/07/report-us-funded-religious-pro.php=

THE BIBLE AS A TEXTBOOK: Private school ...
Eurweb.com
The ACLU claims Nampa Classical Academy's use of the Bible as a classroom text could be a violation of separation of church and state rules. ...
http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur54954.cfm

Heated debate over domestic partnership legislation continues
KUAM.com - Dededo,GU,USA
I think about our constitution and the separation of church and state, but I think that because this bill is not forcing anyone to do anything against their ...
http://www.kuam.com/bm/news/heated-debate-over-domestic-partnership-legislatio.shtml?15194

Behind the Great Mormon-Gay Divide
EDGE Boston
... "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints holds to the doctrine of the separation of church and state; the non interference of church authority ...
http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=features&sc3=&id=94160

IRS halts inquiry into Warroad pastor who endorsed McCain from pulpit
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Last year, the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed complaints with the IRS about pastors who made political ...
http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/52000717.html?elr=KArks:DCiUMEaPc:UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Report: US funded religious programs in Africa, Iraq
USA Today
The report raised questions of whether the constitutional principal of church-state separation applies in other countries, and whether diplomatic advances ...
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-07-29-usaid-africa-iraq_N.htm

IRS closes inquiry into Warroad church
Grand Forks Herald
Last year, after Booth publicized his challenge of the IRS rule, the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the IRS to ...
IRS closes inquiry into Warroad church
Grand Forks Herald
Last year, after Booth publicized his challenge of the IRS rule, the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the IRS to ...

IRS Is Investigating Finances, Pastor of Sterling Church Says
Washington Post
"We believe in the separation of church and state," he told The Post then. In the July 12 discussion, Scott said the IRS is also focusing on what he calls ...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/30/AR2009073003799.html?hpid=sec-religion

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