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04.10.13 Andy Cush

Monday, we learned the porn preferences of the denizens of Vatican City, via a little digging around in their torrenting history by TorrentFreak. Among the titles downloaded was TPH: Tiffany Starr and Sheena Shaw (that’s “Transsexual Pussy Hunters,” for those of you who are unfamiliar), which, yes, features M-to-F transsexual porn actress Tiffany Starr. Chase Hoffberger at the […]

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03.28.13 Andy Cush

It’s not unusual to see religious leaders railing against the policies of a Democratic president, but this time, it’s a sentiment plenty of liberals can get on board with as well. “From a New Testament point of view, drones are completely appalling,” retired Episcopal rector Paul F. M. Zahl told CNN in a recent interview. “The […]

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03.15.13 Andy Cush

As you may recall, the Bronx’s Artuso Bakery won local fame for its delicious cookies depicting Pope Benedict XVI. And now that he’s resigned and that other guy has taken his place, they’ve adapted, turning out batches of pastries carrying the image of Pope Francis. Apparently, they were in a state of flux during the […]

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02.12.13 Andy Cush

Missing Emperor Palpatine Pope Benedict XVI already? One Bronx Bakery has just the thing: black-and-white sugar cookies emblazoned with the Pope’s image, so that his papacy can live on in your hearts and stomachs forever. “So many people loved these cookies,” says Anthony Artuso of Artuso Pastry Shop. “We still get calls asking for them, but […]

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01.30.13 Andy Cush

In the wake of Nechemya Weberman’s high-profile sex abuse trial, Hasidic Brooklyn’s modesty  committees–self-appointed, loosely organized groups of men who take it upon themselves to enforce the community’s explicit and implicit rules for appropriate dress and conduct–have received increased attention from non-Hasidic residents of New York. The Times published a fascinating report highlighting some of the squads’ […]

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01.11.13 Andy Cush

Ah, it’s been a while since we’ve gotten any updates on metzitzah b’peh, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice that finds Rabbis using their mouths to suck the blood from infants’ freshly-circumcised penises and has led to fatal contractions of herpes simplex virus. Back in September, New York City’s Board of Health ruled that rabbis who wanted to […]

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01.09.13 Andy Cush

Pamela Geller has a history of running ugly, hateful anti-Muslim ads around the New York City subway system, and New Yorkers have a history of defacing, modifying, and otherwise beautifying them. Last month, the right-wing blogger unveiled a brand-new series of ads, featuring images of the burning Twin Towers next to passages from the Qur’an. […]

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12.11.12 Marina Galperina

Remember the badass photographer who talked to us about his time with the St. Louis Bloods for ANIMAL’s I Should Have Shot That! series? Of course you do. This Thursday, his solo exhibition opens at Milk Studios in Chelsea. For a month in 2010, Hunter Barnes lived with the last remaining Serpent Handlers, in the hills of West Virginia. […]

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11.05.12 Andy Cush

There are thousands of Mormons in New York City–the latest figure we could find was 4,853, in 2007, and the number has likely grown since then–and not all plan to vote along religious lines tomorrow. WNYC recently profiled some of our city’s Latter Day Saints and found people on all areas of the political spectrum. There […]

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11.01.12 Andy Cush

A non-sectarian, non-partisan group has filed a brief to the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a city Board of Education policy that bars religious groups from worshiping in NYC public schools. Under the policy, churches are allowed to use school buildings rent-free for community events, but not for partisan or worship-oriented services. Last […]

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