While some of you may disagree with the Bible on the issue of astronomy, I think we can all agree that gambling is a wicked, sinful vice, begetting only evil and sponsored only by Democrats and other political prostitutes.
Brownback has worked long and hard to fight the gambling cabal in this country- here is a 2000 press release on one of his bills:
“This nation’s college and university system is one of our greatest assets. We offer the world the model for post secondary education. But sports gambling has become a black eye on too many of our colleges and universities.
“Gambling on the outcome of college sporting events tarnishes the integrity of sport and diminishes the esteem with which we and the rest of the world hold U.S. post secondary institutions. This legislation will remove the ambiguity that surrounds gambling on college sports and make it clearly illegal in all fifty states.
“We should not gamble with the integrity of our colleges, or the future of our college athletes. Our young athletes deserve legal protection from the seedy influences of gambling, and fans deserve to know that athletic competitions are honest and fair.
“Gambling scandals involving student athletes have become all too common over the past 10 years. In fact, there have been more point-shaving scandals on our colleges and universities in the 1990’s than in every other decade before it combined. These scandals are a direct result of an increase in gambling on amateur sports…
Opponents of our legislation have tried to discredit our efforts by insisting that we should be focusing our efforts on curbing illegal gambling, not legal. I agree that we should be looking at ways to help law enforcement and institutions for higher education combat illegal gambling. Legislation has been introduced that creates a panel to investigate and make recommendations with respect to illegal gambling. I am supportive of these efforts, but the fact remains that gambling on student athletes, whether legal or illegal, threatens the integrity of college sports.
Exactly. More to the point, measures like this are only a small step in the eventual objective of eliminating the sinful practice of gambling from this great nation of ours, altogether. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to pursue no less thorough a cleansing. Eliminating online gambling is another step in a long, long process. Eventually, our goals will be met. Time and Truth are on our side, and momentum is with us.
I should point out that it is not merely a secular, national crime to gamble. The Bible clearly states that casting lots is akin to snuggling up to Sodomites or fooling around with fortune tellers in “winning” you a one-way ticket to the hottest country on Earth, Hell:
Gambling is a way of practicing dishonesty. It is a form of taking what does not rightfully belong to a person. Interested in obtaining something for nothing, the gambler tries in every way to attain his ends, and usually is concerned to learn all the “tricks” he can. He is interested in “fleecing” those that are inexperienced. Gambling often takes the wages from innocent mothers and children and returns nothing. Along with gambling frequently goes cheating, and both are forms of dishonesty. Paul states, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” Ephesians 4:28. Although the word “gambling” does not appear in the Bible, the practice is clearly condemned in numerous passages of scripture. Gambling is based on the evil desire to get money or goods which belong to someone else without giving fair value in exchange. The Bible calls this sin “covetousness” and makes it clear that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Romans 1:28-32).
Because gambling encourages the “getting something for nothing” philosophy, it also encourages laziness and indolence. Men and women who set out on a career of gambling shun honest labor and become parasites. States and cities where gambling is legalized and a “big business” become mere parasites living off the productive labor of others. Such statements as Paul made in II Thessalonians 3:10,11, certainly conflict with the gambler’s ideal of living.
For further reading on the subject, I offer this website. It contains valuable statistical information as well, such as
Getting killed by lightning is seven times more likely than winning a million dollars in a state lottery. (Harper’s, July 1983)
Only 40 cents of every lottery dollar goes to the state budget. Direct taxation costs only 1 cent on the dollar.
Crime rates for counties with casinos are 8% higher than the crime rates of counties without casinos. (Las Vegas Sun, 6/17/99)
Crime within 30 miles of Atlantic City rose by 107% in the nine years following the introduction of casinos to the area. (Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Aug. 1991)
The rate of compulsive gambling among teens is growing at twice the rate of that of adults. (Dr. Howard J. Shaffer, Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Addiction Studies)
Crime rates in casino communities are 84% higher than the national average. (U.S. News & World Report, 1/15/96)
It is my fervent hope and belief that President Brownback and a compliant Congress (both of which are coming in January of 2009) will finally close the doors on the sin-houses in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, a thousand and one Indian reservations, and every state lottery agency in the country. People need to understand that one has to work for one’s living, not squander one’s pennies in a sinful and avaricious game of chance. This is the way of a truly Christian nation, and it is the way we, as Christians, must embrace for our national future.
One can only hope that heathens, Pagans, and atheists will join hands with us on this one. Gambling hurts every element of society, especially the poor. Worthless people must join with the worthy in denouncing this blight on our economy, our culture, and our Faith. As Americans, we can eliminate this dread scourge, but only if we rally behind Senator Brownback and put all our hearts and our minds to it.