THE   FOCUS
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JUNE 25, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 26
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

Richard Dawkins interested in setting up 'atheist free school'
Telegraph.co.uk
 
 

“I would never want to indoctrinate children in atheism, any more than in religion. Instead, children should be taught to ask for evidence, to be sceptical, ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7849563/Richard-Dawkins-interested-in-setting-up-atheist-free-school.html
 
 


ATHEISM

Professor Richard Dawkins speaks at Centre for Life
Journal Live
THE world's most famous atheist Professor Richard Dawkins was in Newcastle last night speaking to a packed audience at The Centre for Life's 10th ...
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/06/18/professor-richard-dawkins-speaks-at-centre-for-life-61634-26678258/
 
 


Holy water abuse case closed
The South Florida Times
They were also accused during the same incident of sprinkling holy water onto Rodriguez, an avowed atheist. School officials have backed away from that ...
http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4618&Itemid=199
 
 


London council in religious row after 'banning prayer for poetry readings'
Telegraph.co.uk
 
 

The atheist group is currently pursuing a legal test case against Bideford Town Council. It has instructed a solicitor to take its battle with the North ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7838765/London-council-in-religious-row-after-banning-prayer-for-poetry-readings.html
 
 


For Clergy, Losing Faith Can Be an Occupational Hazard
Beliefnet.com (blog)
Dennett and LaScola state upfront that they themselves are not believers; indeed, Dennett is at the forefront of the "New Atheist" movement. ...
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/06/for-clergy-losing-faith-can-be.php
 
 


Message on N.C. billboards: Nonbelievers are Americans, too
Kansas City Star
The groups share a strong belief in the separation of church and state, and want to protect and strengthen the secular character of the government. ...
http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/23/2039883/message-on-nc-billboards-nonbelievers.html
 
 


Atheist ad goes up on Billy Graham Parkway
UPI.com
CHARLOTTE, NC, June 24 (UPI) -- An atheists organization says it rented a billboard on a Charlotte, NC, street named after the most famous US evangelist ...
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/06/24/Atheist-ad-goes-up-on-Billy-Graham-Parkway/UPI-74981277410146/
 
 


NHS bosses think 'angel' is too religious
Christian Concern for our Nation (press release)
However, the names sparked tension among hospital workers and other political and atheist groups. Senior midwife, Jenny Collins told the Daily Mail that 'we ...
http://www.ccfon.org/view.php?id=1111
 
 


BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Hitch 22: Memoir of an Untamed Public Intellectual
Huffington Post (blog)
Hitchens, less bound by academic etiquette than his fellow atheists, produced a book built less on systematic argument than on scintillating prose pulling ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carlo-strenger/hitch-22-memoir-of-an-unt_b_618216.html
 
 


The roots of '8: The Mormon Proposition'
Los Angeles Times
... that the Mormon Church, as a nonprofit religious organization, breached the barrier between church and state in its successful campaign to pass Prop. 8. ...
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-621-mormon-20100621,0,2081068.story
 
 


EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Richard Dawkins among academics calling for compulsory evolution teaching at ...
Telegraph.co.uk
 
 

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent Experts including three Nobel laureates and Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist, are calling on the ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7838020/Richard-Dawkins-among-academics-calling-for-compulsory-evolution-teaching-at-primary-school.html
 
 


"Lucy" Kin Pushes Back Evolution of Upright Walking?
National Geographic
... are walking on two legs, and that the elongation of our legs came earlier in our evolution than previously thought," Haile-Selassie said in a statement. ..
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100621-lucy-early-humans-walking-upright-science/
 
 


Lucy's Family is Complete: Hominid Trio Offer Insight Into Human Evolution
DailyTech
All of these wonderful discoveries have helped to blow away the fog of uncertainty surrounding human evolution and offered a much clearer picture of how man ...
http://www.dailytech.com/Lucys+Family+is+Complete+Hominid+Trio+Offer+Insight+Into+Human+Evolution/article18803.htm
 
 


Court rules against creationism degree
San Antonio Express
based non-profit that defends the teaching of evolution, cheered the decision. “The Coordinating Board made a principled decision the first place, ...
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/court_rules_against_creationism_degree_96926154.html
 
 


SCIENCE

Coffee or Tea: Enjoy Both in Moderation for Heart Benefits, Dutch Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (June 19, 2010) — Coffee and tea drinkers may not need to worry about indulging -- high and moderate consumption of tea and moderate coffee consumption are linked with reduced heart disease, according to a study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100618170916.htm
 
 


How DNA Is Copied Onto RNA Revealed Through Three-Dimensional Transcription Film
ScienceDaily (June 19, 2010) — Gene expression takes place in two stages: the transcription of DNA to RNA by an enzyme called RNA polymerase, , followed by the translation of this RNA into proteins, whose behaviour affects the characteristics of each individual...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100617132220.htm
 
 


Intelligent 3-D Simulation Robots to Compete in the Robocup 2010
ScienceDaily (June 19, 2010) — A University of Miami (UM) researcher will be presenting his work on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the 14th annual RoboCup World Championship and Symposium, an international robotic event whose goal is to advance AI and intelligent robotics research...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100618141629.htm
 
 


Shining Light Around Corners: Scientists Explore New Method for Curving 'Airy' Light Beams
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — We learned in science class that light beams travel in straight lines and spread through a process known as diffraction -- and they can't go around corners. But now researchers at Tel Aviv University are investigating new applications for their recent discovery that small beams of light can indeed be bent in a laboratory setting, diffracting much less than a "regular" beam...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100616122120.htm
 
 


Astronomers Witness a Star Being Born
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — Astronomers have glimpsed what could be the youngest known star at the very moment it is being born. Not yet fully developed into a true star, the object is in the earliest stages of star formation and has just begun pulling in matter from a surrounding envelope of gas and dust, according to a new study that appears in the current issue of the Astrophysical Journal...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100617132226.htm
 
 


Why Do Certain Diseases Go Into Remission During Pregnancy?
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — During pregnancy, many women experience remission of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and uveitis. Now, scientists have described a biological mechanism responsible for changes in the immune system that helps to explain the remission...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100617102406.htm
 
 


New Process Is Promising for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — A new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars has been invented by chemical engineers at Purdue University...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100616102902.htm
 
 


Astronomers Study Kuiper Belt Object During Stellar Occultation
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — Until now, astronomers have used telescopes to find Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), moon-sized bodies, and obtain their spectra to determine what types of ices are on their surface. They have also used thermal-imaging techniques to get a rough idea of the size of KBOs, but other details have been difficult to glean...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100616133323.htm
 
 


Maintaining Privacy in a Cloud: More Secure Environment for Cloud Computing
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2010) — Scientists at the University of Texas in Dallas, with funding from AFOSR's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, are seeking solutions for maintaining privacy in a cloud, or an Internet-based computing environment where all resources are offered on demand...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100617102903.htm
 
 


SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Rapid City tea party politician, reverend ask Christians to take a stand
Rapid City Journal
The complaint filed by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State did not intimidate the Rapid City pastor who fired back during a ...
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_0f310bf0-7ce8-11df-a6fe-001cc4c03286.html
 
 


Fight Over God and Gowns
Wall Street Journal
... you make many persons feel like they barely belong," said Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ...
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704123604575323070107453324.html
 
 


'What's God got to do with it?' Lord Mayor bans traditional Christian prayers ...
Daily Mail
By Andy Dolan An atheist lord mayor has ended the tradition of Christian prayers before council meetings less than a month after he took up the chains of ...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1288909/Whats-God-got-Lord-Mayor-bans-traditional-Christian-prayers-council-meetings.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
 
 


Council of Europe opposes bans on Muslim face veils
Reuters Africa
... political movement known as Islamism that does not accept the separation of church and state that it stressed was fundamental to European democracies. ...
http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE65M4SD20100623?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
 
 


MISCELLANEOUS

Finally, Christian Couples Have a Place to Buy Their Dildos
Gawker
Yes, Book22 (totally SFW, unless you work for a bunch of atheist heathens), the internet business started by Joy Wilson sells "aids" (dildos), "jelly rings" ...
http://gawker.com/5569022/finally-christian-couples-have-a-place-to-buy-their-dildos
 


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