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Penn Jillette, the taller, louder half of the magic and comedy act Penn and Teller, reads a personal essay about atheism for the National Public Radio series "This I believe." He says: "I believe that there is no God. I'm beyond Atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy -- you can't prove a negative, so there's no work to do." (audio by NPR, Nov. 21, 2005).

The Catholic Church is preparing to abandon the idea of limbo, the theological belief that children who die before being baptised are suspended in a space between heaven and hell, (story by The Scotsman, Nov. 30, 2005).

An essay contest at a New Mexico high school asks students to explain why preserving marriage between men and women is vital society and why unborn children merit respect and protection, (story by, Nov. 25, 2005).

A 15-year-old girl was suspended from Hardesty High School for five days because she refused to recite a post-game prayer with her basketball team, her mother told The Oklahoman on Monday (story by The Oklahoman, Nov. 22, 2005).

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charles Darwin has failed to find a corporate sponsor because American companies are anxious not to take sides in the heated debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution. (story by The Telegraph, Nov. 20, 2005).

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