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NEW ORLEANS -- The wet Jockey shorts contest will be followed by drag queen fashion shows, the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 Contest and thousands of gay men drinking a whole lot of alcohol.
The Southern Decadence Festival started in the French Quarter for the 32nd straight year on Wednesday and will draw an estimated 110,000 people, mainly gay men, from around the world. To the participants, Decadence is the ultimate Bourbon Street blowout, full of good, not-so-clean fun.
But to a growing number of religious leaders, it's a sinister affair. The city's Roman Catholic Archbishop condemned it for glorifying gay sex. A group of Protestant leaders see the party as little more than five days of indecency, urination and sex acts on Bourbon Street.
The Protestant groups have scheduled protests for Friday and Sunday to demand that the city's government shut the festival down.
This is horrible. I knew New Orleans had its share of moral decadence but not this scope! Whew! I give much credit to ministers in that area. Let this be a warning to those involved in this "festival": "Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulters or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are theives--none of these will possess God's Kingdom." 1st Corinthians 6:9,10