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SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 35
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

god did not create the universe, says Hawking
LONDON (Reuters) – god did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100902/lf_nm_life/us_britain_hawking
 
 


Atheist doctors 'more likely to hasten death'
The Guardian
Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to take decisions that might shorten the life of somebody who is terminally ill as doctors who are ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/26/doctors-religious-beliefs-terminally-ill
 
 


UPDATED: Cuccinelli: Holiday displays, religious or otherwise, are allowed on ...
Washington Post (blog)
I certainly hope that his new "interpretation" of the law allows for the display of the Koran on government property. separation of church and state means ...
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/08/cuccinelli_holiday_displays_re.html
 
 


Highway memorials unconstitutional?
33 KDAF-TV
The courts consider it separation-of-church-and-state case. Opponents frame it differently, claiming it is an issue of freedom of speech. ...
http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-highway-utah-memorial-unconstitutional-tenth-circuit-supreme-court-crosses-story,0,947952.story
 
 


ATHEISM

Non-believer seeks Church escape clause
National Post
"They gave me a questionnaire to fill out and in it I actually wrote, 'I'm an atheist and my parents are making me do this.' They went ahead and did it ...
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/believer+seeks+Church+escape+clause/3427143/story.html
 
 


Woman Spends 20 years Trying to Leave the Catholic Church
DigitalJournal.com
In the questionnaire, she wrote “I'm an atheist and my parents are making me do this.” The confirmation went ahead. “But the fact that I don't believe in ...
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/296423
 
 


Who is Rob Sherman, traveling atheist?
The Southern
Since making his foray into the affairs of Southern Illinois in May, atheist Rob Sherman of Buffalo Grove has captured the public's attention - not always ...
http://www.thesouthern.com/news/local/article_e198106c-ada2-11df-9769-001cc4c03286.html
 
 


Kentucky State Fair's atheist booth sparks spirited discussions
Louisville Courier-Journal
He was manning a booth sponsored by the Kentucky Secular Society, a coalition of atheist and humanistic groups seeking to make themselves known in a setting ...
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100825/STATEFAIR/308250113
 
 


Study: Atheist Doctors Twice as Likely to Pull Plug
CBS News
According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to ...
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20014770-10391704.html
 
 


UK study: Nonreligious doctors hasten death more
SunHerald.com
By MARIA CHENG - AP Medical Writer LONDON -- Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions that could end the lives of their ...
http://www.sunherald.com/2010/08/26/2431047/uk-study-nonreligious-doctors.html
 
 


Study Links Faith Of Doctor With Life-Death Decisions
AHN | All Headline News
Seale found that of the almost 3000 British doctors he surveyed, atheist or agnostic doctors are twice more likely to do something--such as give a ...
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7019703870?Study%20Links%20Faith%20Of%20Doctor%20With%20Life-Death%20Decisions
 
 


BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE

No Hollywood Ending: 'Tillman Story' Powerfully Probes Military Cover-Up
NEWS JUNKIE POST
He was an avowed atheist who had qualms about the US invasion of Iraq, telling fellow soldiers he thought the invasion may have been illegal. ...
http://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/08/22/no-hollywood-ending-tillman-story-powerfully-probes-military-cover-up/
 
 


Will a Pat Tillman documentary be a hit with audiences?
USA Today
He was an atheist who enjoyed studying religion: When he met Tillman, O'Neal, a Mormon, found the soldier reading the Mormon Bible. ...
http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2010-08-24-tillman24_ST_N.htm
 
 


The truth about Pat Tillman
Toronto Star
... with family and friends, a portrait of Tillman emerges that shows a devoted and highly principled family man who read Norm Chomsky and was an atheist. ...
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/article/853184--the-truth-about-pat-tillman
 
 


EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D.

Embark with Darwin's Armada
National Center for Science Education
NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Iain McCalman's Darwin's Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution (WW Norton, 2009). ...
http://ncse.com/news/2010/08/embark-with-darwins-armada-006151
 
 


SCIENCE

Nanoscale DNA Sequencing Could Spur Revolution in Personal Health Care
ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2010) — In experiments with potentially broad health care implications, a research team led by a University of Washington physicist has devised a method that works at a very small scale to sequence DNA quickly and relatively inexpensively...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100816155002.htm
 
 


Autism Linked to Multisensory Integration
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has provided concrete evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) process sensory information such as sound, touch and vision differently than typically developing children...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819173840.htm
 
 


Male Menopause Affects More Than Five Million Men
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — While most frequently associated with women's health, age-related hormone changes, often dubbed menopause, can occur in men as well, causing symptoms of fatigue, mood swings, decreased desire for sex, hair loss, lack of concentration and weight gain. Experts estimate that more than 5 million men are affected, yet worry the number may be considerably higher since symptoms are frequently ignored...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100820115050.htm
 
 


Nanoscale Inhomogeneities in Superconductors Explained
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level, according to research performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100809142046.htm
 
 


Galactic 'Super-Volcano' in Action
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — A galactic "super-volcano" in the massive galaxy M87 is erupting and blasting gas outwards, as witnessed by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and NSF's Very Large Array. The cosmic volcano is being driven by a giant black hole in the galaxy's center and preventing hundreds of millions of new stars from forming...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819112218.htm
 
 


Geologists Revisit Earth's Great Oxygenation Event: More Like the 'Great Redox Evolution'
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — In "The Sign of the Four" Sherlock Holmes tells Watson he has written a monograph on 140 forms of cigar-, cigarette-, and pipe-tobacco, "with colored plates illustrating the difference in the ash." He finds the ash invaluable for the identification of miscreants who happen to smoke during the commission of a crime...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819162641.htm
 
 


NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals 'Incredible Shrinking Moon'
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — Newly discovered cliffs in the lunar crust indicate the moon shrank globally in the geologically recent past and might still be shrinking today, according to a team analyzing new images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The results provide important clues to the moon's recent geologic and tectonic evolution...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819141911.htm
 
 


Scientist IDs Genes That Promise to Make Biofuel Production More Efficient, Economical
ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2010) — A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has taken the first step toward the more efficient and economical production of biofuels by developing a strain of yeast with increased alcohol tolerance...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100819112220.htm
 
 


SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE

The bells, the bells
BBC News
Muslims have their prayer call and it is exclusive for them” Sitting in his home office, surrounded by piles of books on faith and atheism, Michael Nugent ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11037752
 
 


Troops Punished After Refusing to Attend Evangelical Concert
truthout
Weinstein questioned what would have happened if Smith's commanding officer was a Muslim or atheist and demanded that his subordinates attend an Islamic or ...
http://www.truth-out.org/troops-punished-after-refusing-attend-evangelical-concert62504
 
 


Lakeland Atheists Amend Prayer Lawsuit Against City
The Ledger
By Cary McMullen An atheist organization that is suing the city of Lakeland, seeking a halt to its practice of beginning City Commission meetings with ...
http://www.theledger.com/article/20100820/NEWS/8205042/1410?p=1&tc=pg
 
 


Mexico investigates complaints against Catholic church in conflict over same ...
The Canadian Press
"The secular nature of the Mexican government and the principle of the separation of church and state guarantee freedom of expression of all ideas, ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jnZqEeksb4YHQxeR8gn9SwTW7QiQ

Army Anti-Discrimination Officials Pressured Soldiers Not to File ...
truthout
"I never once heard of a Muslim event or an atheist event," he said. "The vast majority of them have to be Christian events." According to MRFF, the DoD has ...
http://www.truth-out.org/spiritual-fitness-concert62563
 
 


SC AG: New 'I Believe' license plates are legal
Myrtle Beach Sun News
A group that advocates separation of church and state sued in 2008, after a bill creating the previous "I Believe" plates - featuring a Christian cross ...
http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/08/24/1652929/sc-ag-new-i-believe-license-plates.html
 
 


Group sues Collier school board over bibles
Wink News
The school board's reasoning is that they want to keep the constitutional model of separation of church and state in tact. "The school board has to be fair ...
http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2010-08-24/Group-sues-Collier-chool-board-over-bibles
 
 


Cuccinelli OKs balanced holiday religious displays
Nelson County Times
That's how the Attorney General of Virginia sees the latest debate over freedom of expression and the separation of church and state. Del. ...
http://www2.nelsoncountytimes.com/news/2010/aug/24/cuccgat24-ar-470764/
 
 


Roadside memorials safe from appeals court ruling
New Mexican
That's the view of both state Attorney General Gary King as well as the atheist organization that fought the Utah crosses. Last week, a three-judge panel ...
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/10th-U-S--Circuit-Court-of-Appeals-Roadside-memorials-safe-from
 
 


Jesus Christ depictions alongside secular symbols on public buildings are ...
The Underground
Regarding separation of church and state, he cited a Court opinion in Lynch V. Donnelly which explained that the “metaphor itself is not a wholly accurate ...
http://theundergroundsite.com/index.php/2010/08/jesus-christ-depictions-alongside-secular-symbols-on-public-buildings-are-constitutional-13497
 
 


Religious Displays On Government Property
WTVR
Still, many wonder about how the separation of Church and State plays in to holiday displays on government property. "I think we ought to be allowed to ...
http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-religious-displays,0,7470138.story
 
 


County puts a hold on $20000 grant to pro-life group
News 8 KFMB
... given to the group in the past was used illegally for religious purposes -- a violation of the separation of church and state, according to the ACLU. ...
http://www.cbs8.com/Global/story.asp?S=13046257
 
 


Mexico City mayor sues cardinal
UPI.com
At 5 pm, they plan to form a human chain between the cathedral and the state government building to dramatize the separation of church and state...
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/08/26/Mexico-City-mayor-sues-cardinal/UPI-94191282844507/
 
 


MISCELLANEOUS

'Being Gay is Disgusting' - A New Take on an Old Testament
PR Web (press release)
"Look, if you're an atheist and say the bible is untrue, then you should read it so you know what you're talking about. If you say the Bible is true, ...
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/08/prweb4414444.htm
 
 


When Is a Muslim Not a Muslim?
By TOBIN HARSHAW
Do you think Barack Obama is a Muslim? According to the Pew Center, many Americans do. According to Politico’s Josh Gerstein, Time magazine’s pollsters found that a majority of Republicans do. But here’s another question: How many of the Americans who say they think Barack Obama is a Muslim actually believe that he is one...
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/when-is-a-muslim-not-a-muslim/?th&emc=th
 
 


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