THE   FOCUS

APRIL 2, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 14
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 

AU Asks IRS to Investigate Florida Church for Electioneering Against Gay ... 
OMB Watch 
Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate a Florida church for improper electioneering. ... 
http://www.ombwatch.org/node/10877 

ATHEISM 

Winner of £1m Templeton prize attacks 'fundamentalism' of Dawkins 
Times Online 
The “scientific fundamentalism” promoted by the atheist Richard Dawkins was criticised yesterday by the winner of a prize he had attacked. ... 
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/politics/article7076580.ece 

NAS under fire as Templeton Prize goes to Francisco Ayala 
Nature.com (blog) 
“I'm not asking NAS to put out an official statement of atheism. They don't have to take a stand either way, but the academy is best served by just staying ... 
http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/03/nas_under_fire_as_templeton_pr.html 

Hitchens brothers' religious rivalry draws them closer 
Deseret News 
As an adult, Peter Hitchens regained his Christian faith, after years as an atheist, and his new book is titled "The Rage Against God. ... 
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700019731/Hitchens-brothers-religious-rivalry-draws-them-closer.html?pg=1 

Student atheist's mini-documentary wins award 
University Daily Kansan 
Redford is a member of the Society of Open Minded Atheists and Agnostics at KU. But after two years of science and philosophy classes, Redford's beliefs ... 
http://www.kansan.com/news/2010/mar/30/student-atheists-mini-documentary-wins-award/?news 

Pray for an Atheist Facebook Initiative Stirs Religious Emotions Between ... 
PR Web (press release) 
April 1st has been referred to both National Atheists Day and April Fool's Day but Christians are not fooling around when it comes to praying for atheists. ... 
http://www.prweb.com/releases/prayforanatheist/03/prweb3803534.htm 

Atheist advocate coming to city 
Guelph Mercury 
GUELPH — The lead spokesperson for the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign will be rolling into town tonight just days before Easter weekend. ... 
http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/615014 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE 

Pullman Risks Christian Anger With Jesus Novel 
ABC News 
The 63-year-old, an outspoken atheist, angered some members of the Catholic Church with a thinly veiled attack on organized religion in his hugely ... 
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=10224227 

Biography of Dan Chatterton, Atheist and Communist (1891) 
libcom.org 
But Young Chatterton's Father, an Atheist, placed the contra side before his mental vision, telling him to hear both sides - he need not take the teachings ... 
http://libcom.org/history/biography-dan-chatterton-atheist-communist-1891 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D. 

Is this a new species of human being? 
The Guardian 
Will this transform our views of human evolution? From nothing more than a piece of bone from a child's little finger, the human family tree has gained ... 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/mar/26/siberia-new-human-being 

SCIENCE 

In Search of the Magnetic Monopole: Large Hadron Collider Experiment Could Rewrite Laws of Physics 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2010) — An experiment led by a University of Alberta researcher, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, could dramatically change our concepts of basic physics, revolutionize our understanding of the Universe and could eventually lead to technologies in future generations that right now only exist in science fiction... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100324142119.htm 

Cheap and Green: Spin-Off to Revolutionize Sustainable Energy 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2010) — Zero-carbon, renewable energy which is cost-competitive with fossil fuel generated sources is surely the Holy Grail of the engineering world... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100324184753.htm 

Widely Used Screening Scale May Misidentify Borderline Personality Disorder as Bipolar Disorder 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2010) — A study from Rhode Island Hospital has shown that a widely-used screening tool for bipolar disorder may incorrectly indicate bipolar disorder for patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. In the article that appears online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers question the effectiveness of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ)... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100325131600.htm 

Mother Birds Know Best -- Even Before Birth 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2010) — Mother birds communicate with their developing chicks before they even hatch by leaving them messages in the egg, new research by a team from the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, has found... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100311141209.htm 

Immune Cells Use 'Bungee of Death' to Kill Dangerous Cells, New Research Shows 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2010) — Immune cells ensnare dangerous cells that are on the run with a bungee-like nanotube, according to research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, by researchers from Imperial College London, shows that natural killer (NK) cells use this bungee to destroy cells that could otherwise escape them... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100308151053.htm 

Prolonged Climatic Stress Main Reason for Mass Extinction 65 Million Years Ago, Paleontologist Says 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2010) — Long-term climate fluctuations were probably the main reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs and other creatures 65 million years ago. This conclusion was reached by PD Dr. Michael Prauss, paleontologist at Freie Universitaet Berlin, based on his latest research results... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100326124654.htm 

Sleep Differences Among Ethnic Groups Revealed in New Poll 
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2010) — The 2010 Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100308081740.htm 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE 

Online Exclusive: Pledge of Allegiance 'under god' lawsuit dismissed 
The Guardsman Online 
Newdow, an atheist, began his battle against the phrase “under god” about nine years ago with a petition against the Elk Grove Unified School District. ... 
http://theguardsman.com/2010/03/online-exclusive-pledge-of-allegiance-under-god-lawsuit-dismissed/ 

DC group calls for investigation of Dove World center 
Gainesville Sun 
By Chad Smith A Washington DC-based group that advocates for the separation of church and state has lodged a complaint against a Gainesville church that has ... 
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100329/COLUMNISTS/3291002/1022/NEWS?Title=D-C-group-calls-for-investigation-of-Dove-World-center 

Group questions church-state separation in Janesville public school 
Janesville Gazette 
The district fielded a similar complaint last fall from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said school district counsel David Moore. ... 
http://gazettextra.com/news/2010/mar/30/group-questions-church-state-separation-janesville/ 

Donation request sparks separation debate 
Farragutpress 
The request sparked debate on the separation of church and state, and whether the Town could or should make donations to faith-based organizations. ... 
http://www.farragutpress.com/articles/2010/04/12278.html 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Sex and the Single Suicide Terrorist 
www.newswise.com 
Newswise — When a martyr for Allah takes his place in Paradise, he will “marry beautiful-eyed young women, will be spared the torments of the tomb, will not submit to the Day of Judgment and will have one of the world’s best precious stones adorn his crown,” according to promises made in the Quran... 
http://www.newswise.com/articles/sex-and-the-single-suicide-terrorist 

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