Thursday, July 30, 2009

AANEWS for Thursday, July 30, 3009

#1266 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7/30/09
A Service of AMERICAN ATHEISTS, a nationwide movement that defends
civil rights for non-believers; works for the total separation of
Church and State; and addresses issues of First Amendment public
"ATHEIST is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term, it admits
of no paltering and no evasion, and the need of the world, now as
ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech."
-- Chapman Cohen
In This Issue...
* Blair Scott on NPR Friday
* Worth Noting - Kagin, Camp Quest, Another
Cheatin' Heart Pol is Caught
* Join AA (cheap!), support the fight for separation
* Dave's blog stirs it up
* Resources
* About this list...
Blair Scott, the National Affiliate Director & Alabama State
Director for American Atheists, will be a guest on 'Tell Me More,'
a nationally syndicated show on NPR. The show will air at 7 p.m. EST
on Friday, July 31st from the NPR headquarters in Washington,
DC. Listeners should check with their local NPR broadcaster for
exact broadcast time of the show in their area.
Michel Martin, the host of 'Tell Me More,' and Blair Scott discussed
the increase of atheism in the United States, how that affects
local groups, the prospect of "ritual" within the atheist community,
and other issues relevant to atheism and atheists.
WHAT: Blair Scott on NPR's 'Tell Me More' discussing the nature of
atheism in the United States.
WHEN: Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. EST (check local NPR listings for
broadcast time in your area)
LISTEN: If you cannot listen on the radio, you can listen to the show
online after it is broadcast at the 'Tell Me More' Web Page at NPR:
American Atheists:
National Affiliate Director:
Alabama State Director:
Tell Me More:
(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil
rights for Atheists, Freethinkers and other nonbelievers; works for
the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of
First Amendment public policy.)
WORTH NOTING ... Religious Ties Raise Concerns The U.S. Agency for
International Development funded programs that rebuilt Iraqi mosques
and used biblical lessons to promote sexual abstinence in Africa,
despite a prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to support
"inherently religious activities," according to a new audit by the
agency's inspector general. USAID challenged the inspector general's
findings in a written response, saying that the main goals of its
programs in Africa and Iraq were secular in nature. The report
focused on projects initiated from 2006 to 2007 under the Bush
Camp faithless: Is Britain's first atheist summer camp harmless fun
or should we be worried? You might have been forgiven for thinking
the BBC was introducing a new presenter of one of its 'yoof'
shows. Small, mousey-haired, personable Samantha Stein was given
prominent airtime right across the BBC network yesterday to talk
about a children's summer camp with a difference that she has set up
in Britain. For Ms Stein has an axe - a very big one - to grind. She
is an atheist who believes that traditional faith-based summer camps
are bad for young minds. So she has set up her own version, where
children are encouraged to reject traditional religious teachings.
Around Ms Stein, 23, was a scene redolent of a Scout or Guide
camp. In a lush, green corner of Somerset, Army-style tents were
scattered in a clearing among trees. In the middle, makeshift log
benches surrounded the compulsory, rock-ringed camp fire where,
in the evening, the flames would play a merry dance across the
circle of young faces.
Alabama Bans Wines With "Nude Nymph" Labels The State of Alabama's
liquor agency has banned the sale of wine which features a "nude
nymph" on its label. The label on Cycles Gladiator wine shows a naked
nymph with flowing hair flying alongside a winged bicycle. Alabama's
liquor regulations bar labels with "a person posed in an immoral
or sensuous manner."
Paul Stanley, Tennessee State Senator, Quits After Affair With
22-Year-Old Intern NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee lawmaker resigned
from the state Senate on Tuesday after his extramarital affair
with a 22-year-old intern was revealed by an investigation into
an extortion case. "Due to recent events, I have decided to focus
my full attention on my family and resign my Senate seat effective
August 10," Republican Sen. Paul Stanley wrote in his resignation
Scientists complain to Ed Balls over lack of evolution teaching
Professor Richard Dawkins and 25 other leading British scientists
have written to Ed Balls, the schools secretary, to protest that
evolution has been omitted from plans for a new primary school
Arrests in terror case bewilder associates Daniel Boyd was a man of
rare conviction for these parts. The small town of Willow Spring,
N.C., was the scene of an F.B.I. investigation Tuesday at the home of
Daniel Patrick Boyd. Rare because he and his family were Muslims in
this quiet rural subdivision where the denominations generally run
from Baptist to Presbyterian. But also rare for his intensity. "How
many Christians you see standing in the yard praying five times
a day?" asked Jeremy Kuhn, 20, who lives across the street. "They
just believed more than anyone else."
Here's a "stimulus package" for Atheists! We know that times are
difficult. Nonbelievers are like everyone else in the country
--you can get laid off or put on part-time, you can see important
investment and home value evaporate. And many people are cutting
costs, postponing vacations, cutting back whenever and wherever
they can.
So, American Atheists is making it easier than ever before to join
up in the fight for Reason, separation of church and state, and
the effort to give America's unbelieving community "a place at the
table" in the discussion over First Amendment public policy. You
can join American Atheists for only $20 per year; you receive the
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