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June 12, 2009

Groups Fight Legalized Online Gambling

Several Christian groups signed a letter this week to as the House to oppose a bill that would legalize online gambling in the U.S.

"The prevalence of gambling addiction is three to four times higher with Internet gambling versus noninternet gambling. ... online gambling represents a highly invasive and reckless form of taxation dependent on human exploitation," the statement says.

Signers included Focus on the Family Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Gary Bauer, president of American Values, Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family, and Tom McClusky of Family Research Council.

The government started enforcing the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this week by seizing more than $30 million in assets. The signers also urge the House to oppose a bill that would give banks more time to comply with UIGEA.

Comments

"The prevalence of gambling addiction is three to four times higher with Internet gambling versus noninternet gambling. ... online gambling represents a highly invasive and reckless form of taxation dependent on human exploitation,"

This is completely inaccurate for starters, and Richard Land is a hate preaching loser who makes his living by capitalizing on feeble minds stuck in the dark ages.

How does it feel to know that you are fighting a losing battle? Soon gays will marry, internet gambling will be taxed, and stem cell research/ abortion will be common practice in making strides towards our future.

"The government started enforcing the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this week by seizing more than $30 million in assets. The signers also urge the House to oppose a bill that would give banks more time to comply with UIGEA."

This is also inaccurate. The Department of Justice is enforcing its own views on the Wire Act, disregarding a ruling made by the United States Fifth Circuit Court which said that the Wire Act only pertains to sports betting.

The UIGEA is actually irrelevant here, as, ironically, it does not specify what constitutes unlawful internet gambling.