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The evolution of religion

Michael Shermer and Francisco Ayala
July 31, 2009

Print: Los Angeles Times

Michael Shermer and Francisco Ayala discuss the theory that religious belief is hard-wired in humans by evolution.

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Death of Nigerian ‘Taliban’ leader ‘best thing for the country’

Mike Pflanz
July 31, 2009

Print: The Telegraph

Nigeria welcomed the death in police custody of a hardline Islamist leader but human rights groups condemned an unlawful killing. Muhammed Yusuf died of multiple gunshot wounds late on Thursday less than an hour after he was captured by police in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

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Madonna turns scribe to extol the virtues of Kabbalah

Dina Kraft
July 31, 2009

Print: The Telegraph

Madonna has used a newspaper column to reveal that she was inspired to adopt African children by her conversion to the Kabbalah sect of Judasim. The U.S. pop star said learned of the plight of AIDS orphans in the southern African nation when she and a teacher at the Kabbalah Centre were seeking a project to help disadvantaged children.

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UK endorses creationist exams

Jessica Shepherd
July 30, 2009

Print: The Guardian, UK

In Christian fundamentalist exams, comparable to international A-level exams, pupils are expected to belive that Loch Ness monster disproves evolution and apartheid benefited South Africa.

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Do Shamans Have More Sex?

By Robert Wright
July 30, 2009

Print: Slate

If you think religion is bad today, think about what it was like in prehistoric times when everything was explained by the supernatural.

“A forceful shaman of established reputation may…command penance. An apparently common atonement is for the shaman to direct an allegedly erring woman to have intercourse with him (his supernatural power counteracts the effects of her sinning).”

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Newsweek: Should faith disqualify NIH nominee?

Lisa Miller
July 30, 2009

Print: Newsweek

Faith, reason, and the NIH nominee.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Sam Harris on Francis Collins at the NIH

MICHA J STONE
July 28, 2009

Print: Examiner.com

Harris is right to question the wisdom of Collins leading the NIH. If Collins rejects the possibility of a scientific understanding of human nature he is rejecting the effort of cognitive scientists and other scientists engaged in that very task. Science, and the nation, deserve better.

(14) comments | Read the full article.

On the origin of education

Michael Reiss
July 28, 2009

Print: Guardian.co.uk

To deny the importance of teaching evolution is to fail to grasp a basic truth about children

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Organ Failure

By Benyamin Cohen
July 28, 2009

Print: Slate

The recent FBI corruption sting in NJ not only indicted mayors for bribery but, strangely enough, also rabbis for trafficking in organs.  This Slate article examines Jewish attitude towards organ donation.  And again, religion seems to be a barrier against rational humanitarian behavior.

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Meet “Tiny,” a mouse grown from induced stem cells

Katherine Harmon
July 28, 2009

Print: Scientific American

Chinese researchers grow mice from adult skin (induced pluripotent) stem cells.

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Of Green Men and policemen…


July 28, 2009

Print: Economist

A British police association for Pagans seeks to take its place among Muslim and Sikh counterparts.

(2) comments | Read the full article.

Atheist summer camp launched in Somerset


July 27, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

An atheist summer camp for children has been launched in Somerset to offer an alternative to religious camps for youngsters.

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speaks of ‘two-tier’ church

Duke Helfand
July 27, 2009

Print: Los Angeles Times

He outlines a different role for the Episcopal Church within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Mom told police she killed newborn

Eva Ruth Moravec and Michelle Mondo
July 27, 2009

Print: San Antonio Express-News

A mother who used a steak knife to repeatedly stab, mutilate and decapitate her 4-week old baby says “the Devil” told her to do it.

(7) comments | Read the full article.

Creationism For Liberals

By Jerry A. Coyne
July 27, 2009

Print: The New Republic

Jerry Coyne reviews Robert Wright’s book, The Evolution of God.

(4) comments | Read the full article.

Library bans Sunday school’s ‘religious’ poster

Stephen Adams
July 27, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

Library staff have banned a Sunday school leader from putting up a poster advertising a church craft fair because they said it promoted religion.

(2) comments | Read the full article.

Archbishop of Canterbury attempts to paper over Church schism

Ruth Gledhill
July 27, 2009

Print: TimesOnline

The Archbishop of Canterbury today tried to paper over the cracks as he acknowledged the Anglican church is in schism in all but name

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Christian doctor reinstated to adoption panel over homosexuality row

Caroline Gammell
July 27, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

Dr Sheila Matthews a Christian doctor barred from an adoption panel after refusing to recommend that children live with homosexual couples has been reinstated but cannot vote on whether adoption goes ahead.

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Science Is in the Details

By Sam Harris
July 26, 2009

Print: The New York Times

Sam Harris discusses the appointment of Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health.

(28) comments | Read the full article.

An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death

By DAVID BARSTOW
July 26, 2009

Print: The New York Times

An in-depth piece from the New York Times on Dr. George Tiller’s assassination.

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