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  1. coronavirus
    The Coronavirus Is Testing Organized ReligionReligious believers often look to faith communities for safety in times of danger. But what if that poses public heath dangers, too?
  2. mea culpas
    Dov Hikind Apologizes for Not Apologizing for Blackface CostumeIt’s a “heartfelt and sincere” apology.
  3. oh no
    Brooklyn Pol Dov Hikind Dons Blackface for PurimHe dressed as “sort of a black basketball player” for Purim.
  4. purim
    Greenpoint Gets Ritually Drunk for PurimWine and hamantaschen for everyone!
  5. photo op
    Madonna’s Goth-Schoolgirl Costume for Purim: DiscussThere’s a lot going on in this photo.
  6. intel
    Queens Congressman Gary Ackerman Has a Problem With SantaThis year in Washington, Iowa State Rep. Steve King introduced a resolution saying Christmas is important. Really. The measure called for the House to recognize that “on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, a holiday of great significance…celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world,” etc. It was silly and obnoxious, but it passed by a landslide on Tuesday; either because everyone in Congress fears the wrath of Bill O’Reilly or because, well, duh. But there were a few souls who stood up to Big Santa and his Midwestern minion. Nine out of the 381 members of Congress who voted, voted against Christmas; and, naturally, two of these heathens are from our own godless city: Yvette Clarke, from Brooklyn, and Gary Ackerman, from Queens. We caught up with Ackerman and asked him why he hated Christmas. “We don’t get presents,” said the congressman, who is Jewish. “Nobody wished me a happy Purim!” But seriously, he said, he voted against the resolution for a couple of reasons. One, he doesn’t really think Christianity needs special recognition at the moment. “Forty-four out of 44 presidents isn’t a bad record,” he said, referring to the fact that every president ever has been Christian, although, in actuality, there have only been 43 of them, but never mind. There’s also that whole First Amendment thing. “For the Congress to spend time talking about the coming of the Messiah really broaches the wall of separation of church and state,” Ackerman says. So, his Christmas message to Christians who worry for his soul? “Light a candle for me.” —Drew Armstrong