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Court ruling unfortunate but not unexpected

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 11, 2010

A San Francisco federal appeals court has ruled against Michael Newdow in his law suit challenging the constitutionality of the words “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected arguments by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow that the phrase violates the separation between church and state.

In a separate ruling Thursday, the appeals court also upheld the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on coins and currency.

I haven’t seen any details on the reasoning behind the ruling, but it has to be similar to the discredited ” these phrases are secular and historical as opposed to religious” argument usually employed in such situations. Sure because there’s no other word as secular as god, now is there?

That’s what I’ve been saying all along!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 11, 2010

The Vatican’s chief exorcist has said the devil resides in the Vatican, which is what people like me have been saying for a while. He also claims to have done 70,000 exorcisms. There’s a bit of a problem with the math there as Evan of the SGU Rogues points out. My only comment is this: if after 70,000 exorcisms the devil is residing in Vatican City, wouldn’t that make them 70,000 failed attempts at exorcism?

‘No evidence’ acupuncture boosts chances of IVF baby

Posted in News by Skepdude on March 11, 2010


There is no evidence acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine increase the chance of getting pregnant through IVF, fertility experts say in new guidance.

The methods are increasingly offered as a way of boosting the chances of a baby, but the British Fertility Society suggests couples may be wasting money.

They analysed 14 trials involving 2,670 people before issuing the new guidance.

But a leading practitioner said that better designed trials would show that the methods could help some couples.

All the trials involved acupuncture, in which needles were inserted into different areas of the body at different stages in the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycle.

No matter at what stage of the process acupuncture was used, it had no impact on the pregnancy or live birth rate, the BFS researchers found.


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