First, Monday’s fog, click to engorge:
Now that you’re in a good mood, let’s discuss assholes. Amazingly, the Supreme Court got this one right (by doing nothing) and NYC’s decision to not allow religious use of public schools has been upheld. Context: there are something like 1100 public school buildings in the city, almost all with auditoriums and (obviously) all with classrooms that can be used as meeting rooms. To the lawyer for the church who got all butthurt that the schools are rented on the weekends for other, secular uses: those uses don’t exclude any kids. When your church uses a school and advertises that fact around the neighborhood, every kid who does not belong to your sect is told that he or she is an outsider in their own school. They are not excluded by Law & Order filming there, or AA having a meeting there.
To put it another way, churches are already given huge (and, IMO, unfair) tax advantages. If you can’t manage to rent a space without public help, maybe your god is a fucking loser.