Jews push back against Scouts over policy banning gays

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) For nearly a decade, hundreds of Boy Scouts have learned the virtues of the Ten Commandments on an annual hike to local churches, synagogues and mosques. But this year, Touro Synagogue says it's no longer willing to take part because the Scouts deny membership to gay troop leaders and gay adolescent Scouts. By Bruce Nolan.

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Judge blocks New Orleans law that prevents preaching in French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a city law that was recently used to arrest Christian evangelists who were preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration of gay culture in the French Quarter. By Bruce Nolan.

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Seven years after Katrina, New Orleans Jews wander no more

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Three days before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that flooded their synagogue and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall in Louisiana, the wandering Jews of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. By Bruce Nolan.

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Group house gives women a place to discern their calling as nuns

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Archdiocese of New Orleans has launched a kind of halfway house where a woman considering a vocation can live while giving the matter thought and prayer, the first in the nation that gives would-be nuns the same environment as would-be priests. By Bruce Nolan.

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Praying for New Orleans, one block at a time

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NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Millie Campbell and Betty Minor pray for an end to the scourge of murders sapping the city — 199 last year, and 17 or so on the streets Campbell drove last week. Sometimes, driver and passenger join hands, bouncing slowly over the pothole-filled streets of their neighborhood.

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