THE   FOCUS

APRIL 9, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 15
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

Atheists cite resurgence as they gather on Easter weekend
CNN
Silverman will join about 300 atheists in a Newark, New Jersey, hotel ballroom to proclaim another message: The atheist movement in America is growing. ...
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/03/easter.atheists/?hpt=Mid

ATHEISM


Atheists hit back at clergy criticism of non-belief
Sydney Morning Herald
Atheists have hit back at criticism by religious leaders, claiming the clergy have made non-believers a scapegoat for declining church congregations. ...
http://www.smh.com.au/national/atheists-hit-back-at-clergy-criticism-of-nonbelief-20100402-rjmr.html

Atheists' Collection Plate, With Religious Inspiration
New York Times
By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN Four or five Sundays in 2005, his own atheism notwithstanding, Dale McGowan took his family into the neo-Gothic grandeur of St. Mark's ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/us/03religion.html

Atheists respond to church leader attacks
The Age
ATHEISTS have hit back at Easter attacks by church leaders, saying claims they ''hate God'' are nonsense, because God does not exist. ...
http://www.theage.com.au/national/atheists-respond-to-church-leader-attacks-20100403-rkvx.html

Lecture to explore atheism
La Crosse Tribune
Brandt, now 35, left the Christian faith and became an atheist at age 20 after deciding the Bible stories he learned growing up didn't make much sense. ...
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_cd1808e4-4133-11df-907f-001cc4c002e0.html

Atheists target commercial confirmations
The Copenhagen Post
The Atheist Society has sent information leaflets to 2200 schools across the country in an effort to provide more options for children about to be confirmed ...
http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/88-national/48670-atheists-target-commercial-confirmations.html

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

'Einstein's God' author finds spirit and science mix
USA Today
Speaking of Faith radio show host Krista Tippett doesn't find the science blogosphere's frequent fisticuffs over science, religion and atheism all that ...
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/04/einsteins-god-author-finds-spirit-and-science-mix/1

Art, evolution, and an extinct talking fish
Boston Globe
But the discussions of work/life balance don't sink “Orchids'' under arid talk any more than does Lopez's lucid, lively treatment of evolution and its ...
http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2010/04/06/art_evolution_and_an_extinct_talking_fish_in_from_orchids_to_octopi/

Is Satan A Catholic?
YouTube
Pat Condell rails against the church and it's abuses...
http://www.youtube.com/user/philhellenes#p/a/f/2/LKg4HLsu5gE

Why To Ditch Religion
CNN
Sam Harris raises a few points worth considering...
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/living/2010/03/25/sam.harris.ted2010.cnn.html

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.


Fossil could rewrite human evolution
Telegraph.co.uk
The discovery of a nearly-complete early human skeleton is set to revolutionise scientists' understanding of human evolution. ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/7550058/Fossil-could-rewrite-human-evolution.html

Fossil Discovery Offers New Look at Evolution
Wall Street Journal
The bones may require scientists to revise the history of human evolution again. Previous fossil finds in Africa, Asia and the Middle East in recent decades ...
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304830104575171692309050062.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

SCIENCE

Mars Rover Spirit May Have Begun Months-Long Hibernation
ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2010) — NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit skipped a planned communication session on March 30 and, as anticipated from recent power-supply projections, has probably entered a low-power hibernation mode...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401165158.htm

Neuroscientists Show How Brain Stores Memories of Specific Fears
ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2010) — The brain is capable of holding and retrieving memories for specific fears, revealing a more sophisticated storage and recall capacity than previously thought, neuroscientists have found. The study, which appears in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may have implications for treating post-traumatic stress syndrome...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100402110137.htm

NASA Mars Spacecraft Snaps Photos Chosen by Public
ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2010) — The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations on the Red Planet suggested by the public...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401164957.htm

Nanoscale 'Stealth' Probe Slides Into Cell Walls Seamlessly, Say Engineers
ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2010) — A nanometer-scale probe designed to slip into a cell wall and fuse with it could offer researchers a portal for extended eavesdropping on the inner electrical activity of individual cells...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401143123.htm

Smoking Is Dumb: Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2010) — "Only dopes use dope," goes the memorable warning about drugs. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher cautions that the same goes for cigarettes...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100401151746.htm

Ocean Acidification: 'Evil Twin' Threatens World's Oceans, Scientists Warn
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2010) — The rise in human emissions of carbon dioxide is driving fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry and ecosystems of the world's oceans, international marine scientists have warned...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100330092821.htm

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Space Telescopes Image Remains of Collapsed Star
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2010) — A new image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star. The dust is flying past and engulfing a nearby family of stars...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100329153927.htm

New Path to Solar Energy Via Solid-State Photovoltaics
ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2010) — A newly discovered path for the conversion of sunlight to electricity could brighten the future for photovoltaic technology. Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin-films...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100331091147.htm

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE


Atheist group considers lawsuit against city governments
ABC Action News
That's exactly why Atheist of Florida is now preparing for a fight. "It looks as though we may have no recourse. We're meeting with our attorney on ...
http://www.abcactionnews.com/content/news/local/polk/story/Atheist-group-considers-lawsuit-against-city/1Oqx7B4U7EqipYlVxnJ2Zw.cspx

Senate panel pushes vote to drop ban on state funds for religious institutions
Tampabay.com
By Cristina Silva, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Tallahassee — Separation of church and state is a celebrated American principal, but Republican lawmakers ...
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/senate-panel-pushes-vote-to-drop-ban-on-state-funds-for-religious/1085535

Abortion and gay marriage new hot-button issues in Mexico
Public Radio International PRI
Mexico is more than 90 percent Catholic, but it's also a country with a historically strong separation of Church and State. "The fact that the President of ...
http://www.pri.org/world/abortion-and-gay-marriage-mexico1939.html

MISCELLANEOUS

An evil with many masters
Miami Herald - By LEONARD PITTS JR.
A few words about Christian terrorism.  And I suppose the first words should be about those words: ``Christian terrorism.'' The term will seem jarring to those who've grown comfortable regarding terrorism as something exclusive to Islam...
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/07/1566736/an-evil-with-many-masters.html
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