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  1. the city politic
    ‘I Could Be the Mayor’That the Reverend Calvin Butts had a clear path to political power but chose not to take it was just one of the extraordinary things about him.
  2. 2022 midterms
    Beto O’Rourke Is Running for Governor in TexasThe former Democratic phenom must overcome past questions to challenge a strong but vulnerable Republican incumbent in a red state turning purple.
  3. coronavirus
    Will the Supreme Court Force States to Let Churches Reopen?Churches are sometimes super spreaders of COVID-19. But the courts could decide their “religious liberty” interests trump everything.
  4. The GOP Raised Taxes on Churches to Fund Its Giveaway to the RichReligious institutions just discovered that Trump’s tax “cuts” actually imposed a complicated new tax on them.
  5. LGBT Activists Really Do Plan to Turn a Homophobic Church GayGuaranteed end to the “homo demon” signs.
  6. Thieves Steal From Sandy Volunteers at a Church, TwiceIt’s been a tough week for churches in New York.
  7. intel
    Alexandra Pelosi on Ted Haggard’s ‘I’m-Super-Sorry’ Publicity TourWe talked to the filmmaker behind tonight’s HBO documentary ‘The Trials of Ted Haggard.’
  8. early and often
    Gay Saber-Rattling Finally Spooks Rick WarrenEither that or Barack Obama did.
  9. in other news
    Sorry, God, Your Church Is Going CondoBut what happens to all of the bodies in the crypt? Wait … we’ve seen this movie!
  10. live blog
    Papalpalooza! We’re Live-Blogging the Pope’s Visit to NYCThere’s no need for TV. We’ll tell you what His Holiness is up to. And what he’s wearing!
  11. photo op
    Flags (and Hearse), Fifth Avenue Daily Intel’s roving photographer, Everett Bogue, is back from St. Thomas Church, at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, where he reports crowds five or so people deep on all the sidewalks, a phalanx of NYPD, and lots of confused motorists heading down Fifth and wondering what all the commotions is for. For Brooke Astor’s funeral, silly motorists. For Brooke Astor’s funeral. Follow what’s going on inside with Daily Intel’s live-blog.
  12. photo op
    And Finally We Understand the Underlying Difference Between Jews and Gentiles It wouldn’t occur to anyone raised by a Jewish mother that it’s even possible to be more important than he already thinks he is. Thanks, Marble Collegiate Church. (And, well, Mom.)
  13. in other news
    9/11 in Stained Glass There’s news today of what must be a first in cathedral art: A Dutch bishop yesterday blessed a new stained-glass window for Sint Jan cathedral in Den Bosch, a city 50 miles south of Amsterdam, that includes a photographic image of an airplane headed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. (Click here for a full image of the window.) “It was an assignment by the church to make a stained glass window that was related to the spirit of this time,” artist Marc Mulders said on his Website, where he explained that the pane represents hell on earth. We can understand that rationale, we guess, but we’re less convinced of its artistry. Looks like bad Hieronymus Bosch. —Tayt Harlin 9/11 Pane in Church Blessed [LAT]
  14. intel
    Cursed Brooklynites Seek Relief What doesn’t Brooklyn have? An ad in today’s Metro promised to undo the curses that plague us, be they addictions, debt, rage, or witchcraft. But if you can’t make it out to the Universal Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday night at seven, call ahead and reserve a prayer. We asked for help in getting rid of our migraines, and the gentleman working the phones added us to the list. Doctors “won’t fix all your problems,” he said, encouraging us to stop by the church sometime: “How can you taste the food if you never go in the restaurant?” Caution to the cursed: Our man said the phone has been ringing ever since the ad hit the streets, so your prayer may not be answered in a timely fashion. —Jocelyn Guest Metro New York [Official site]