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AUGUST 13, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 32
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

Fury over Richard Dawkins's burka jibe as atheist  tells of his 'visceral ...
Daily Mail
The outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins has re-ignited the furore over the burka, describing it as a 'full bin-liner thing'. ...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1301750/Fury-Richard-Dawkinss-burka-jibe-atheist-tells-revulsion-Muslim-dress.html
 
 


Atheist sues for grant refund from landmark cross
The Associated Press
LOUIS — An atheist is suing to force the administrators of a towering cross in southern Illinois to return a $20000 state grant toward its restoration, ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNbKaDpslXklHT8IcTMHiIgw45MQD9HI5TVO0

ATHEISM

Secular billboard aimed at Kentucky fair-goers
Lexington Herald Leader
Coalition members include: Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers, Louisville Secular Book Group, Kentucky Secular Society, Atheist Women of Louisville, ...
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/08/07/1380917/secular-billboard-aimed-at-kentucky.html
 
 


Richard Dawkins compares burqa to 'bin liner'
Daily Telegraph
Picture: Kelly Barnes Source: AdelaideNow BRITISH academic and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins has angered Muslim groups by comparing the burqa to a trash ...
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/world/richard-dawkins-compares-burqa-to-bin-liner/story-e6frev00-1225903699296
 
 


Atheists pay for anti-religion billboards
ABC Action News
EllenBeth Wachs of Lakeland has been an atheist since she was 12-years old, and is now part of a non-profit organization called the "Freedom from Religion ...
http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_tampa/atheists-pay-for-anti-religion-billboards
 
 


Fury as Dawkins compares burka to 'bin-liner'
Ninemsn
By ninemsn staff Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins has re-ignited the debate over Muslim headscarves in Britain by referring to the burqa as a "full ...
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/7943503/fury-as-dawkins-compares-burka-to-bin-liner
 
 


Religious controversy stirs up Western Montana Fair
KXLH Helena News
But Michael Burks, a Missoula businessman, thinks that the decision was influenced by the Freedon From Religion Foundation, an atheist group based in ...
http://www.kxlh.com/news/religious-controversy-stirs-up-western-montana-fair/
 
 


BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

Not your grandmother's jokes
The Olympian
Comedian Doug Stanhope's cynical, taboo-bashing stand-up is built on drugs, hookers, atheism and all sorts of stuff your grandma would not approve of ...
http://www.theolympian.com/2010/08/06/1327716/not-your-grandmothers-jokes.html
 
 


Christopher Hitchens Discusses Death, God, Prayer, and the Banality of Cancer
Associated Content
He is also an atheist and the author of a book entitled "God is Not Great." With the Reaper now summoning him, is Christopher Hitchens now rethinking his ...
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5664132/christopher_hitchens_discusses_death.html?cat=5
 
 


Christopher Hitchens Confronts His Mortality
Associated Content
Christopher Hitchens, who has been given a diagnosis of a very virulent kind of cancer, discusses his own mortality and particularly how an atheist regards ...
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5666410/christopher_hitchens_confronts_his.html?cat=5
 
 


Rachel Maddow: 'The War On Brains Is Still Being Waged Every Day' (VIDEO)
TPMMuckraker (blog)
... and Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle refuses to believe that the Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. ...
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/rachel_maddow_the_war_on_brains_is_still_being_wag.php
 
 


EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Oklahoma City Community College professor not returning after evolution fuss
NewsOK.com
The decision is his own, he said, though it came after a student in the spring complained Talkington "glossed over” evolution and instead taught creationism ...
http://newsok.com/professors-teaching-stirs-campus-debate/article/3483424
 
 


SCIENCE

Mimicking the Moon's Surface in the Basement
ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2010) — A team of scientists used an ion beam in a basement room at Los Alamos National Laboratory to simulate solar winds on the surface of the Moon. The table-top simulation helped confirm that the Moon is inherently dry...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100806093110.htm
 
 


Key Mechanism in Brain's Computation of Sound Location Identified
ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2010) — New York University researchers have identified a mechanism the brain uses to help process sound localization. Their findings, which appear in the latest edition of the journal PLoS Biology, focus on how the brain computes the different arrival times of sound into each ear to estimate the location of its source...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100629170916.htm
 
 


Looking for the Coolest Forms of Life on Earth
ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2010) — Two UK scientists are travelling to one of the coldest places on Earth to help them understand how life could exist on other planets in our Solar System...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100806125556.htm
 
 


Economic Status, Genetics Together Influence Psychopathic Traits
ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2010) — Researchers studying the genetic roots of antisocial behavior report that children with one variant of a serotonin transporter gene are more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits if they also grow up poor...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100805143055.htm
 
 


Novel Bee Venom Derivative Forms a Nanoparticle 'Smart Bomb' to Target Cancer Cells
ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2010) — The next time you are stung by a bee, here's some consolation: a toxic protein in bee venom, when altered, significantly improves the effectiveness liposome-encapsulated drugs or dyes, such as those already used to treat or diagnose cancer. This research, described in the August 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal, shows how modified melittin may revolutionize treatments for cancer and perhaps other conditions, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and serious infections...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100802101817.htm
 
 


Robot Climbs Walls
ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2010) — Wielding two claws, a motor and a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum, a small robot named ROCR ("rocker") scrambles up a carpeted, 8-foot wall in just over 15 seconds -- the first such robot designed to climb efficiently and move like human rock climbers or apes swinging through trees...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100805095603.htm
 
 


Artificial Bee Eye Gives Insight Into Insects’ Visual World
ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2010) — Despite their tiny brains, bees have remarkable navigation capabilities based on their vision. Now scientists have recreated a light-weight imaging system mimicking a honeybee's field of view, which could change the way we build mobile robots and small flying vehicles...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100805203343.htm
 
 


Quantum Networks Advance With Entanglement of Photons, Solid-State Qubits
ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2010) — A team of Harvard physicists led by Mikhail D. Lukin has achieved the first-ever quantum entanglement of photons and solid-state materials. The work marks a key advance toward practical quantum networks, as the first experimental demonstration of a means by which solid-state quantum bits, or "qubits," can communicate with one another over long distances...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100804133358.htm
 
 


SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

Judge rules Greece Town Board can open meetings with prayer
News 10NBC
The group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sued the town on behalf of two residents. Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger said, ...
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1686776.shtml?cat=566
 
 


Course on Bible as literature will be offered at two Chino Valley...
Contra Costa Times
Joe Conn, a spokesman for the Washington DC-based nonprofit advocacy group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said it was perfectly ...
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_15698197?source=most_emailed
 
 


Law prof: Paterson mosque plan may be unconstitutional
Salon
But Paterson's comments raised the hackles of advocates of separation of church and state. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation ...
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/08/10/paterson_mosque_plan_constitution
 
 


SC City Council Affirms Prayer Policy After Warning From Anti-Religion Group
CNSNews
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a non-profit organization that advocates the "separation of church and state," sent two letters to Mayor ...
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/70784
 
 


Part of Dove World will go on tax rolls
Gainesville Sun
Soon after the sign went up, Americans United filed a complaint with the IRS, saying the separation of church and state "bars intervention in partisan ...
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100811/ARTICLES/100819860/1002?p=1&tc=pg
 
 


Request for prayer site stirs debate
Charleston Post Courier
But Elder Edward Johnson's petition fell square in the lap of the age-old debate about separation of church and state. Johnson appealed to Summerville Town ...
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/aug/11/request-for-prayer-site-stirs-debate/
 
 


Court sides with town in prayer case
Greece Post
By Alysa Stryker, staff writer The US District Court ruled in favor of the Town of Greece after Americans United For Separation of Church and State sued in ...
http://www.greecepost.com/latestnews/x839829828/Court-sides-with-town-in-prayer-case
 
 


Locals waiting to wed disappointed by same-sex marriage delay
Contra Costa Times
"We do have a separation of church and state in this country and people need to respect that a little more," she said. "Your beliefs are your beliefs. ...
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_15762371?nclick_check=1
 
 


MISCELLANEOUS

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