September 4, 2009
Volume 5, Issue 36
Published by the Center For Atheism (CFA)
Editor: David Birnkrant
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Diocese appears to break pledge
Jonathan Saltzman and Michael Rezendes A Roman Catholic diocese in
Connecticut has invoked the First Amendment's separation of church and
state in a ...
Group wants Jindal to reimburse state
Gaddy, who is the president of the national Interfaith Alliance, said
Jindal is overstepping the line of separation between church and state.
Group complains about schools' 'belief in God'
UNIONTOWN, Ohio - An atheist group is complaining about an Ohio school
district's mission statement listing "belief in God" among its values.
Atheists offer to care for Christians' pets after the Rapture
Matthew Moore Now a group of atheists in the US have come up with a
tongue-in-cheek solution, offering to take in the cats and dogs of
"saved" believers ...
Florida atheists are using a billboard to spread the word
Jaweed Kaleem - McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — There's nothing unusual
about churches advertising Sunday services, but some atheists are
turning that idea ...
Secular camp in Collin County focuses on questions, not answers
Dallas Morning News
The Dallas-Fort Worth area already boasts a handful of atheist and agnostic organizations –
sprinkled among its thousands of churches. ...
No Denying Local Atheist Camp Successful
said he doesn't know a lot of other children who are atheist or
agnostic. On Sunday, he met 40 others with similar points of view. ...
An atheist goes to Greenbelt
happened when we sent a staunch atheist to a Christian arts festival to
talk with evangelicals? Can Jessica stay out of the arms of Jesus? ...
Lodi atheists challenge City Council prayers
Jennifer Garza David Diskin is an atheist who lives next door to a
church. He is used to being a nonbeliever in Lodi, where the City
Council begins each ...
DART Commission Approves "More Open" Advertising Standards
back on it the atheist ads (they) did a great job," says DART general
manager Bard Miller, "They certainly got a lot of publicity and we
would hope ...
BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE
New York Times
evolution, species are mutable. But the 18th-century founder of
taxonomy, Linnaeus, assuredly did not think so, and 20th-century
Catholic League president: Atheists 'out there to get us'
kind of new atheism. This militant dogmatic fundamentalist atheism out
there to get us.” Donohue appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about
his new book, ...
School Band's Evolution T-Shirt Idea Hits A Sour Note
t-shirt meant to unify the high school band has fueled a hot button
topic on creation vs. evolution. It's a debate school districts have
dealt with all ...
Book Review: Intelligent Design
Monsters and Critics.com
Sandy Amazeen Sep 2, 2009, 2:18 GMT Denise Little has taken on the
controversial evolution versus creationism argument with this latest
anthology of ...
The evidence for evolution
Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. By Richard Dawkins.
Simon and Schuster; 480 pages; $30. Bantam Press; £20. Buy from
EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.
Intelligent Design 'Evidence' Unproven by Real Science Scientists ...
example, Intelligent Design (ID) proponents have said for a long time
that one of their main arguments against evolution is the fact that the
High school marching band can't wear evolutionary T-shirts
Kansas City Star
said they chose the evolution of man because it was “recognizable.” The
band debuted the T-shirts when it marched in the Missouri State Fair
Brass Evolution T-Shirts Banned
year's theme is Brass Evolutions and it shows the evolution of man from
monkey to homo sapien. Along with it is the evolution of brass
Skipping Spouse to Spouse Isn’t Just a Man’s Game
the United States and much of the Western world, when a couple
divorces, the average income of the woman and her dependent children
often plunges by 20 percent or more, while that of her now unfettered
ex, who had been the family’s primary breadwinner but who...
First Trace of Color Found in Fossil Bird Feathers
more than any other group of animals, are a celebration of color. They
have evolved to every extreme of the spectrum, from the hot pink of
flamingos to the shimmering blue of a peacock’s neck. Yet, for decades,
paleontologists who study extinct birds have had to use their
imaginations to see the colors in the fossils...
Scientists First To Image 'Anatomy' Of A Molecule
(Aug. 29, 2009) — IBM scientists have been able to image the “anatomy”
-- or chemical structure -- inside a molecule with unprecedented
resolution, using a complex technique known as noncontact atomic force
Warped Debris Disks Around Stars Are 'Blowin' In The Wind'
(Aug. 28, 2009) — The dust-filled disks where new planets may be
forming around other stars occasionally take on some
difficult-to-understand shapes. Now, a team led by John Debes at NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., finds that a star's
motion through interstellar gas can account for many of them...
Slow-motion Earthquake Testing Probes How
Buildings Collapse In Quakes
(Aug. 28, 2009) — It takes just seconds for tall buildings to collapse
during powerful earthquakes. Knowing precisely what's happening in
those seconds can help engineers design buildings that are less prone
to sustaining that kind of damage...
Fruit Is Even Better For You Than Previously Thought
(Aug. 28, 2009) — An international team of scientists has found that
the polyphenol content of fruits has been underestimated...
Huge New Planet Orbits 'Wrong' Way Around Star; Tells Of Game Of Planetary Billiards
(Aug. 28, 2009) — A team of scientists has found a new planet which
orbits the wrong way around its host star. The planet, named WASP-17,
and orbiting a star 1000 light years away, was found by the UK's WASP
project in collaboration with Geneva Observatory. The discovery, which
casts new light on how planetary systems form and evolve, is being
announced August 12 in a paper submitted to Astrophysical Journal...
Extrasolar Hot Jupiter: The Planet That 'Shouldn’t Exist'
(Aug. 27, 2009) — A planet has been discovered with ten times the mass
of Jupiter, but which orbits its star in less than one Earth-day
Getting Wired: How The Brain Does It
(Aug. 27, 2009) — In a new study, researchers at the Montreal
Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University have
found an important mechanism involved in setting up the vast
communications network of connections in the brain...
Trifid Nebula: A Massive Star
(Aug. 26, 2009) — A new image of the Trifid Nebula, shows just why it
is a firm favorite of astronomers, amateur and professional alike. This
massive star factory is so named for the dark dust bands that trisect
its glowing heart, and is a rare combination of three nebula types,
revealing the fury of freshly formed stars and presaging more star
SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE
Kennedy Was Champion Of ChurchState Separation | Americans United
Rev Barry W Lynn executive director of Americans United for Separation
of Church and State today issued the following statement on the death
of U.S. Sen ...
In shift, Missouri keeps its child-care center rules
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
... Thursday that the rules had never been challenged in court as a
violation of the separation of church and state or as an abuse of regulatory power. ...
Scientology: crisis in France
with its republican tradition of the separation of church and state,
takes the behaviour of sects and cults seriously – perhaps because it
has been ...
McDonnell Grad School Thesis Causes Stir in Va. Governor Race
also wrote that the GOP should act to "correct the conventional
folklore about the separation of church and state," arguing that the
First Amendment ...
Atheists To Weigh Each Case
"If this case were to have been lost, church-state separation, in Kentucky at least, would have been in
very bad trouble." AP....
Hearings ordered on state funding of service agency
religious activity that was funded with state money,” said Barry Lynn,
executive director for Americans United for Separation of Church and
Bless this meeting: Cities call on faithful for prayer before business
Memphis Commercial Appeal
entities address the separation of church and state differently. In
Bartlett, the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance is listed before the
McDonnell: Views have changed since school
Staunton News Leader
"Leaders must correct the conventional folklore about the
separation of church and state," he wrote. "Historically, the religious liberty guarantees of the ...
Church, Post Office Are Package Deal In Manchester
Connecticut Law Tribune
77-year-old Jewish World War II veteran knew that separation of church
and state is a central feature of American government, and it just
didn't seem ...
Graduation plans move ahead as lawsuit continues
Brookfield Elm Grove Now
behalf of several unnamed plaintiffs, Americans United for Separation
of Church and State filed a lawsuit April 22 in federal court in
Milwaukee to stop ...
Tax dollars will support churches and parochial schools
Are these grants a violation of the separation between Church and State? Should tax dollars be used to support churches
and parochial schools? ...
Court Revives Suit Over Faith-Based Youth Homes
Courthouse News Service
lawsuit was combined with a separate action alleging that Kentucky
Baptist violates the separation of church and state by teaching
religion in ...
Atheists say that NASA is violating separation of church and state
Los Angeles Chronicle
Atheist-First Amendment public policy group charged last week that NASA
is violating the separation of church and state by permitting a "space
Still no nativity scenes, atheists signs at state Capitol
not allowed inside the state Capitol in Olympia: Nativity scenes,
atheist signs or Festivus poles. Still not allowed inside the state
Capitol in ...
Idaho charter school sues after state bars use of Bible as text
First Amendment Center
Bible as part of literature or history courses if it does not violate a
separation of church and state, according to the state Department of
School board candidates address religion, school year
Believes in a separation of church and state and that parents should be
responsible for teaching their children about religion. ...
Reports: Gov. Jindal took state helicopters to church
Jindal still has “a separation of church and state problem here,”
reenforced Maddow. “… The governor has been sold to us as a fiscal ...