BY ALISON SCHUTZ
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Thou shall not teach religion in public schools. That’s what some in Kentucky are arguing after a bill to offer Bible studies in the state’s public schools passes in the state senate.
WLWT reports this isn’t the first time the Senate resurrected a bill about the Good Book. It failed in the House once before because some thought it was unnecessary.
“In Kentucky - schools already have the choice of offering courses that teach the Bible. What Senate Bill 56 would do, is standardize the coursework. Some educators say a standard for teaching the Bible has the potential to make more school systems inclined to offer the class.”
The bill’s sponsor -- Senator Joe Bowen -- talked to Louisville’s WLKY.
"No doubt about it, the most important book ever written and obviously, it's had so much influence on our society and all of western civilization."
USA Today notes what few sources do: That this bill also “allowed students to substitute their own texts.”
WLKY talked with two Kentucky legislators who aren’t buying into toying with testament teaching.
One told the station he didn’t vote because he thought the bill threw academic credibility out the window.
And another -- a state House rep. -- who thinks the bill is meant to court Christian voters.
REP. MEEKS: "It's like waving meat in front of a dog, OK? You give them what they want."
The course would be an elective social studies course which would require students to know biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives. The New American questions the history of public education’s rejection of religious and biblical references in holiday and prayer.
Noting some school districts make what they thought were politically correct decisions -- like removing American flags from their classroom.
“Yet, schools have comfortably accepted the role of instructing students in other areas that one should consider private or personal, such as sex education.”
So what do you think? Should separation of church and state stick in public school systems? Or should students be offered standardized schooling on scripture?
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Could a weight-loss pill help you lose 10 percent body fat while lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure? According to researchers of the weight-loss supplement Qnexa, if you take enough of it--yes.
Recently published trial data shows obese patients who took high doses lost an average of 22 pounds a year while improving their health and ability to keep off the weight. But the FDA, and media outlets, still have their doubts.
Reporter: “We all would love to take a pill to lose weight, is this the pill?
Dietician: “No, I don’t think there should be a pill out there.”
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“Side effects including depression, concentration, memory problems.”
FDA Panel: “I’m also equally concerned about the erosion of the public’s trust every time we approve a drug and don’t get it right.”
The FDA rejected Qnexa’s application in October, saying there wasn’t enough research about heart risks and birth defects linked to the drug’s key ingredients, topiramate and phentermine. The LA Times cautions readers -- don’t be fooled by the released data -- it doesn’t disprove the risks nor show real benefits.
“This newly published article details one of two clinical trials that were evaluated by the FDA before the agency decided to deny approval for Qnexa in October 2010... they concluded that the weight-loss difference between those taking Qnexa and those taking a placebo was ‘of nominal statistical significance.’"
So what’s the point of releasing the data? It’s been 10 years since the FDA approved a weight loss supplement, and according to a dietitian on ABC, the pills are meant to do what diet and exercise cannot.
“Most of the medications coming down the pipeline, the ones that have just gone through the FDA and not been approved, plus some coming through now, work on appetite and metabolism. One of the things I hear all the time from my patients is that they are hungry, and I say it with a vengeance: they’re hungry!”
WLWT shows a success story to advocate Qnexa’s effectiveness, but also notes, it’s no miracle pill.
REPORTER: “Meg Evans took one of these pills everyday for 2 years. She says the results were dramatic.”
EVANS: “I just started steadily loosing weight. Every time I came in, the scale just went straight down.” (FLASH)
REPORTER: “OK, now we should tell you though that Meg Evans lost the weight using the Qnexa pill plus diet and exercise, you have to do it.”
CBS also points out -- besides the side effects and heart risks, the study leaves out an important detail.
“There's one other problem - researchers don't know what happens when you stop the drug. Will patients be able to keep those pounds off?”
Could Qnexa be the answer to weight loss woes? Weigh in on our comment section.
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