A Statistically Significant Conclusion Isn’t Always an Accurate One

If you’re unfamiliar with how science publishing works, and how easily it could be manipulated (even by researchers who have only good intentions), you should check out this great piece by Christie Aschwanden at FiveThirtyEight.

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Anti-Gay Bakery Owners Send LGBT Groups Passive-Aggressive Cakes As Peace Offerings

Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron are the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Portland, Oregon. They’ve been in the news a lot lately for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, a decision that cost them $135,000 in fines. They didn’t take a personal hit, however, since like-minded Christians donated more than $350,000 in an online fundraiser for them.

So why are they back in the news? Because they just sent cakes to 10 LGBT-rights groups that say “We really do love you!”… which might be a sweet gesture if not for what else was included in the gift:

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Slovakia Will Welcome 200 Syrian Refugees Over the Next Two Years… But Only if They’re Christian

While Europe is facing a growing influx of migrants, a spokesperson for the Slovak Ministry of Interior announced this week that his government will do its part to mitigate the burden on other European Union members, who already have their hands full with the 107,050 immigrants who crossed into the E.U. last month alone. Slovakia, over the next two years, will take in 200 Syrian refugees.

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As Atheist Minister Undergoes Heresy Trial, Her Friends Are Asking for Support

I’ve written before about Gretta Vosper, a reverend for the United Church of Canada who doesn’t believe in God.

She’s been in the news a lot lately because, even though her congregation fully supports her leadership, the UCC doesn’t know what to do with her and there’s a chance they may remove her from the pulpit. Mind you, the UCC is already a very liberal denomination that has long ordained women and LGBT individuals, so an atheist who supports the community and philosophies of the church isn’t as radical as you might think.

While a decision hasn’t been reached, some supporters are now laying out the situation and asking for help to cover any legal fees connected with her “review of effectiveness”:

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A Mauritanian Blogger is Facing the Death Penalty for an Unintentional Slight Against Allah

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of punished Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, has a heartbreaking story in The Independent about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir (below), a writer who’s facing the death penalty for apostasy:

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