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NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Volume 6, Issue 44
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 

An ungodly row: Dawkins sues his disciple 
Independent 
By Tom Rowley and Alistair Walker Josh Timonen was one of a small coterie of young protégés around Richard Dawkins, sharing his boss's zealous atheism. ... 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/an-ungodly-row-dawkins-sues-his-disciple-2115632.html 

ATHEISM 

From religion to 'Rocky Horror': The Minnesota Atheists Book Club 
MinnPost.com 
On a recent Wednesday night, the Minnesota Atheists Book Club met to discuss satanic rituals. "Have no fear," club leader Eric Jayne assured MinnPost intern ... 
http://www.minnpost.com/bookclubclub/2010/10/26/22642/from_religion_to_rocky_horror_the_minnesota_atheists_book_club 

Uganda: Debating God in a God-Fearing Country 
TIME (blog) 
A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 97% of Ugandans are believers, and the fact that professions of atheism are invariably met ... 
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2027416,00.html 

'My life is my writing ... my children come later' 
Globe and Mail 
Now, at the age of 61, the prominent atheist, author and journalist is suddenly staring death in the face. His illness, he maintains, has not altered his ... 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/christopher-hitchens-my-life-is-my-writing-my-children-come-later/article1769836/page1/ 

Humanists launch 'no religion' census campaign 
The Guardian (blog) 
And there have been high-profile campaigns by atheists such as Richard Dawkins and the group behind the Atheist bus. The BHA says it is time for people who ... 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/oct/27/humanists-no-religion-census-campaign 

Atheist students say good morals can be practiced without a Bible 
ASU Herald 
As its membership rapidly increases, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) of ASU, an atheist student organization, works to build a community of people to ... 
http://www.asuherald.com/features/atheist-students-say-good-morals-can-be-practiced-without-a-bible-1.2386392 

BOOKS, FILM, THEATRE, TV, YOU TUBE 

Further kudos for Evolution vs. Creationism 
National Center for Science Education 
Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism (second edition: Greenwood Press, 2008 and University of California Press, 2009) was recommended by the ... 
http://ncse.com/news/2010/10/further-kudos-evolution-vs-creationism-006268 

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas by various authors – review 
The Guardian 
Other entries, about the atheist bus ads, the massive meet-up Skeptics in the Pub and Robin Ince's sell-out concerts Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless ... 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/24/atheists-guide-to-christmas-review 

Movie Review: The Tillman Story 
Orlando Sentinel (blog) 
Hearing a military spokesman blame the Tillmans' atheism for their being unable to accept their official version of his death “and just move on” will make a ... 
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_movies_blog/2010/10/movie-review-the-tillman-story.html 

DVD Review: Agora 
Film.com 
Agora is available now on DVD from Lionsgate. MaryAnn Johanson is an atheist freethinker at the agora of FlickFilosopher... 
http://www.film.com/features/story/dvd-review-agora/42109551 

Atheists Just Sing the Blues 
Beliefnet.com (blog) 
Just asking :) I have to say, Steve Martin is my kind of atheist. And he sings ok too, with the Canyon Rangers at good ole Merle Fest 2010. ... 
http://blog.beliefnet.com/bibleandculture/2010/10/atheists-just-sing-the-blues.html 

Movie review: 'Nora's Will' 
Los Angeles Times 
For one thing, he dislikes being manipulated from beyond the grave, and for another, though born Jewish, Jose has become a fierce atheist who has no ... 
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-noras-will-20101029,0,5303951.story 

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, I.D. 

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SCIENCE 

Nanotube Thermopower: Efforts to Store Energy in Carbon Nanotubes 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — When weighing options for energy storage, different factors can be important, such as energy density or power density, depending on the circumstances. Generally batteries -- which store energy by separating chemicals -- are better for delivering lots of energy, while capacitors -- which store energy by separating electrical charges -- are better for delivering lots of power (energy per time). It would be nice, of course, to have both... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101019212906.htm 

Risk Markers for Alzheimer’s Disease 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — Risk markers could play an important role in this. These are substances linked to Alzheimer's that are found in unusually high or unusually low quantities in patients who go on to develop the disease... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101021090149.htm 

Sound of the Underground: New Acoustic Early Warning System for Landslide Prediction 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — A new type of sound sensor system has been developed to predict the likelihood of a landslide... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101021104733.htm 

Partners Who Had Powerful Faces in College Lead Profitable Law Firms, Study Finds 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — Law firms are more profitable when they are led by managing partners who have faces that look powerful, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE).... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022093719.htm 

New Cometary Phenomenon Greets Approaching Spacecraft 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — Recent observations of comet Hartley 2 have scientists scratching their heads, while they anticipate a flyby of the small, icy world on Nov. 4... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022113117.htm 

Space Telescopes Reveal Previously Unknown Brilliant X-Ray Explosion in Milky Way Galaxy 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — Astronomers in Japan, using an X-ray detector on the International Space Station, and at Penn State University, using NASA's Swift space observatory, are announcing the discovery of an object newly emitting X-rays, which previously had been hidden inside our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Centaurus... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022132134.htm 

Scorpion Has Welcome Sting for Heart Bypass Patients 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion (Centruroides margaritatus) could hold the key to reducing heart bypass failures, according to research from the University of Leeds... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022063524.htm 

Researchers Break Speed Barrier in Solving Important Class of Linear Systems 
ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have devised an innovative and elegantly concise algorithm that can efficiently solve systems of linear equations that are critical to such important computer applications as image processing, logistics and scheduling problems, and recommendation systems... 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101021113008.htm 

SEPARATION CHURCH / STATE 

Atheist Activist Says Fight is Far from Over 
Patch 
... Marie Gerhardt | Email the author | 6:00am Buffalo Grove atheist activist Rob Sherman says "the war continues" to keep prayer out of public schools. ... 
http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/atheist-activist-says-fight-is-far-from-over 

City Council Political Invocation Draws Interest, Opposition 
Patch 
"I don't understand the point and I don't think they should have them at all," said Jeff Archer, President of the San Diego Atheist Coalition. ... 
http://santee.patch.com/articles/city-council-political-invocation-draws-interest-opposition 

Court rejects suit over SF's blast at Vatican 
San Francisco Chronicle 
... to decide whether the city had expressed official hostility toward Catholicism, in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. ... 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/22/BAA51G0OFS.DTL&tsp=1 

Culver, Branstad differ on pulpit politicking 
Iowa Independent 
Despite its brevity, the discussion of the separation of church and state marked a big difference between the candidates, as Culver responded to the same ... 
http://iowaindependent.com/45854/culver-branstad-differ-on-pulpit-politicking 

Name That Freedom 
New York Times 
She was, she later said, attempting to point out that the actual words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the text of the Constitution. ... 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/weekinreview/24schwartz.html?_r=1 

Point Beach council ends Lord's Prayer at public meetings 
Asbury Park Press 
... the agreement does not put to rest the overall dispute between the parties over the constitutional interpretation of the separation of church and state. ... 
http://www.app.com/article/20101022/NEWS/101022134/Point-Beach-council-ends-Lord-s-Prayer-at-public-meetings 

Charlotte churches urge souls to the polls 
Charlotte Observer 
"We certainly try to respect separation of church and state. But that doesn't mean we don't take positions on issues. Our emphasis would be on social issues ... 
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/10/25/1785374/charlotte-churches-urge-souls.html 

Church-state billboards stir up emotions 
ABC12.com 
"We want to get out that separation of church and state is in the Constitution," Freedom From Religion member Charles Hood said. "I've proved to myself that ... 
http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=7749546 

St. Paul project raises church-state concerns 
Minneapolis Star Tribune 
By CHRIS HAVENS, Star Tribune Concerns about being sued over church-state separation issues has prompted St. Paul officials to hold off approval of a draft ... 
http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/105918673.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUHK:uUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUs 

Dad fights for chaplaincy program 
Toowoomba Chronicle 
“It concerns all Australians, of all faiths and none, who support the secular wall of separation concept concerning church and state. ... 
http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2010/10/28/Dad-fights-state-school-chaplaincy-program/ 

Administrators say prayer space is non-denominational 
Faribault Daily News 
“The separation of church and state means that the district will not lead anyone in prayer, but this does not preclude students from leading their own ... 
http://www.faribault.com/news.php?viewStory=102833 

Church-state divide hits another GOP candidate 
Jackson Sun 
AP DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Republican Senate candidate is being challenged about his views on the separation of church and state after opponents spread a ... 
http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20101027/NEWS01/101027027/1002/Church-state+divide+hits+another+GOP+candidate 

State judge rejectes prayer proclamation challenge 
Colorado Springs Gazette 
based organization that supports the separation of church and state, sued Gov. Bill Ritter and the state of Colorado, arguing that the governor's National ... 
http://www.gazette.com/articles/judge-107113-denver-rejectes.html 

Recreation center for St. Paul's East Side draws scrutiny 
Pioneer Press 
When asked whether the project might violate the legal principle of church-state separation, City Attorney Sara Grewing responded: "We don't have a complete ... 
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_16452411 

MISCELLANEOUS 

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