August 18, 2009

execorderslargeTracking Media Coverage of the Faith-Based Initiative
In his first months in office, President Barack Obama has continued key elements of the faith-based initiative, established by President George W. Bush to broaden the role of religious and other organizations in the delivery of social services. But a new study of newspaper coverage finds that Obama’s continuation of the once-controversial effort has generated little of the contentious coverage that greeted Bush’s effort. (Matthew Hay Brown, In Good Faith, The Baltimore Sun)

The Origins Symposium
Lawrence Krauss: The idea was to encourage out-of-the-box discussion about forefront puzzles, removed from the standard presentations most of these people were used to giving, and to force the conversations to be both broad and intelligible to a wide audience of scientists and scholars. (Scientific American)

Humor Me
I decided I wanted to learn something about laughter’s ability to unlock the spirit. After all, as James Baraz, a Buddhist meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, told me, “It’s called enlightenment for a reason. Lighten up!” (Carmel Wroth, Ode)

School Administrators in Florida Face Prison Time for Praying at School Luncheon
Frank Lay, principal of Pace High School, and Athletic Director Robert Freeman are accused of violating a consent decree banning employees of Santa Rosa County schools from endorsing religion. (CNN)

Q&A
Blair Scott

Host Michel Martin interviews Blair Scott, Founder of the North Alabama Free Thought Association, to talk about what it means to be an atheist and how they’re working to find acceptance in communities throughout the country. (NPR)

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