THE   FOCUS

JUNE 11, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 24
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.

This Week in Atheism is a cable show that discusses the articles featured below, every Wednesday at 6:30 PM (EST), Manhattan Cable station 57. 
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FEATURED ARTICLES

Enfield Graduation Debate Comes To End
WFSB Hartford
"I'm an atheist so I don't want to be forced to go to a religious place to watch my child graduate," parent Jennifer Bruyette said at Thursday's meeting. ...
http://www.wfsb.com/education/23791858/detail.html
 
 


ATHEISM

Trouble Brewing for Holy Water Teachers
NBC Miami
The atheist teacher, Schandra Rodriguez, had been talking to her class about the January earthquake that struck Haiti, when the discussion turned towards ...
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Trouble-Brewing-for-Holy-Water-Teachers-95617624.html
 
 


Teachers cleared of sprinkling “holy water,” now under criminal probe
The South Florida Times
FORT LAUDERDALE — School district officials have cleared two teachers of spraying holy water onto an atheist colleague, but now the teachers face new, ...
http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4540&Itemid=1
 
 


`Holy water' teachers reinstated
MiamiHerald.com
Two Pompano Beach teachers who were removed from their classrooms after they were accused of sprinkling holy water onto an atheist colleague have been ...
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/07/1668689/holy-water-teachers-reinstated.html
 
 


Taking alternate route
Charleston Post Courier
So what's the difference between an atheist and a secular humanist? For Herb Silverman, the College of Charleston math professor who established the ...
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/jun/07/taking-alternate-route/
 
 


Free thinkers open up the mind to new directions
Journal and Courier
The group, which started in 2006, evolved out of an atheist group that met at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Barton said the new group ...
http://www.jconline.com/article/20100607/LIFE08/6060324/Free-thinkers-open-up-the-mind-to-new-directions
 
 


Controversial atheism campaign to hit billboards
Stuff.co.nz
 
 

The Atheist Bus Campaign last year raised more than $22000 to fund the ads, but NZ Bus declined to run them after receiving a number of complaints from the ...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3791332/Controversial-atheism-campaign-to-hit-billboards
 
 


South to wait for contentious advertising
Otago Daily Times
By Hamish McNeilly on Thu, 10 Jun 2010 Controversial ads promoting atheism will be appearing on billboards in Auckland, Wellington Christchurch in the ...
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/110020/south-wait-contentious-advertising
 
 


BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Nomad's land
Ottawa Citizen
The presence of the bodyguards is bothersome but better than being dead, says Ali, who has left the religion of her birth for atheism and simultaneously has ...
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Nomad+land/3116661/story.html
 
 


An Orwell for our time
National Post
As a committed atheist, with no expectation of a life up in heaven, he has decided to suck the most out of the one down here. "No doubt alcohol, tobacco and ...
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/Orwell+time/3115284/story.html
 
 


Ali's Nomad urges alternatives to Islamism
CBC.ca
An atheist herself, she is not opposed to advancing the idea of a more tolerant, Christian God, one that is "evolved, science friendly, human friendly, ...
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2010/06/08/ayaan-hirst-ali.html
 
 


Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islam's brutally candid apostate
National Post
In her first book, Infidel, the Somalian-born Muslim-turned-atheist described Islam as a vicious tribal creed that turns men into brutes and women into ...
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/Ayaan+Hirsi+Islam+brutally+candid+apostate/3129524/story.html
 
 


Author to tangle once more with God
CANOE
When he is finished promoting the memoir, the avowed atheist plans to channel Moses and reinterpret the Ten Commandments. Call it a sort of sequel to his ...
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2010/06/08/14307931.html
 
 


Stephen Hawking On Religion: 'Science Will Win' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post (blog)
*Even atheism, to it's extreme, is a forceful assertion the universe is random. -The courageous logical conclusion, based on the un-knowable 'meaning of ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/10/stephen-hawking-on-religi_n_607753.html
 
 


EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Referee to inherit fired teacher's case
Columbus Dispatch
The Mount Vernon school board voted in 2008 to fire Freshwater, saying he taught creationism and intelligent design, failed to remove religious materials ...
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/06/referee-to-inherit-fired-teachers-case.html?sid=101
 
 


Russia Church wants end to Darwin school "monopoly"
Reuters India
The atheist Soviet state, which collapsed in 1991, used Darwin to disprove religious teachings. The theory, which biologists say gives a verifiable ...
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINTRE6584JX20100609
 
 


Creationism in Russia?
National Center for Science Education
Poll data about the acceptance of evolution in Russia is mixed: a 2005 poll reportedly found 26% of Russians accepting evolution and 49% accepting ...
http://ncse.com/news/2010/06/creationism-russia-005566
 
 


SCIENCE

Scientists Capture Very Moment Blood Flow Begins
ScienceDaily (June 5, 2010) — By capturing movies of both the blood and vasculature of zebrafish embryos, each less than two millimeters long, researchers have been able for the first time to see the very moment that blood begins to flow...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100603123711.htm
 
 


Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain Spit to Survive
ScienceDaily (June 4, 2010) — Spitting can be a good thing when it comes to blood vessels. Scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered capillaries have a unique method of expelling debris, such as blood clots, cholesterol or calcium plaque, that blocks the flow of essential nutrients to brain cells...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100526134144.htm
 
 


NASA Takes to the Air With New 'Earth Venture' Research Projects
ScienceDaily (June 4, 2010) — Hurricanes, air quality and Arctic ecosystems are among the research areas to be investigated during the next five years by new NASA airborne science missions announced recently...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602103158.htm
 
 


Astronaut's Eye View: Mars Express Orbiting the Red Planet
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — A new video shows what future astronauts would see from their cockpit: Mars turning below as they sweep around the Red Planet. Last month, ESA's Mars Express snapped images every minute to create a unique video that loops through a complete orbit of Earth's gorgeous neighbour...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602094119.htm
 
 


Scientists Create Artificial Mini 'Black Hole'
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — Chinese researchers have successfully built an electromagnetic absorbing device for microwave frequencies. The device, made of a thin cylinder comprising 60 concentric rings of metamaterials, is capable of absorbing microwave radiation, and has been compared to an astrophysical black hole (which, in space, soaks up matter and light)...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100603091829.htm
 
 


Tidy House, Fitter Body?
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — An Indiana University study that examined the relationship between physical activity and a range of variables involving urban residents' homes and neighborhoods found that the inside of study subjects' homes had more to do with higher physical activity levels than the sidewalks, lighting and other elements considered...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602121059.htm
 
 


First Images of Heavy Electrons in Action: Characteristics of 'Hidden Order' in Unusual Uranium Compound
ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — Using a microscope designed to image the arrangement and interactions of electrons in crystals, scientists have captured the first images of electrons that appear to take on extraordinary mass under certain extreme conditions...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602131342.htm
 
 


Hubble Catches Stars on the Move: Surprising Signs of Unrest in Massive Star Cluster
ScienceDaily (June 2, 2010) — With a mass of more than 10 000 suns packed into a volume with a diameter of a mere three light-years, the massive young star cluster in the nebula NGC 3603 is one of the most compact stellar clusters in the Milky Way [1] and an ideal place to test theories for their formation...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602111137.htm
 
 


SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Bachmann's Christian counseling clinic receives state funds
Minnesota Independent
... through vouchers, this is clearly unconstitutional,” said Alex Luchenitser, staff attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ...
http://minnesotaindependent.com/59781/bachmanns-christian-counseling-clinic-receives-state-funds
 
 


SUU's Mormon-themed ad campaign raises questions
Salt Lake Tribune
... a community that is well represented to begin with," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ...
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_15235036
 
 


Enfield School Board Votes To Appeal Ruling That Bars Graduations At Church
Hartford Courant
... the district's defense against a May lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ...
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-enfield-graduations-0609-20100608,0,3246882.story
 
 


SUU ad generates controversy
St. George Daily Spectrum
While some may make the argument of legality and separation of church and state, Frank LoMonte Executive Director for the Student Press Law Center, ...
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20100608/NEWS05/100608016/SUU-ad-generates-controversy
 
 


Group points to Connecticut ruling in graduation lawsuit
Brookfield Elm Grove Now
The lawsuit was filed in April 2009 by Washington, DC-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on behalf of unnamed students and parents. ...
http://www.brookfieldnow.com/news/95958844.html
 
 


Ten Commandments Ban Upheld by Split Circuit
Courthouse News Service
... which ruled that the Ten Commandments displays in McCreary and Pulaski County violated the constitutional separation of church and state. ...
http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/06/09/27955.htm
 
 


Which local officials pray before public meetings?
Canton Repository
The 32-year-old nonprofit Freedom From Religion Foundation promotes separation of church and state. Its membership calls themselves free-thinking atheists, ...
http://www.cantonrep.com/topstories/x1834547833/Which-local-officials-pray-before-public-meetings
 
 


Freedom from Religion group files complaint against teacher
Times Daily
... organization since 1978 citing itself as the nation's largest representation of atheists and agnostics promoting separation of church and state. ...
http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20100609/NEWS/100609765/1011/NEWS?Title=Freedom-from-Religion-group-files-complaint-against-teacher
 
 


San Diego Christian lawyers lose bids to be judges
Washington Post
... pack courts with judges who adhere to a religious agenda, threatening both the impartiality of the court system and the separation of church and state.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/09/AR2010060902846.html
 
 


Bibles accidentally go home with students in Shoals public school
WAFF
... when the stockings were opened, Bibles were discovered inside, which made it a direct violation of federal law and the separation of church and state. ...
http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=12631669
 
 


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