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Wednesday musings, NC lottery edition

Ministers gathered at the legislature to oppose a lottery.

This has taken years, but North Carolina is nearing approval of a lottery — there has been stiff opposition for it for years by some on the Left and the Right.

Having lived in NY for so many years, the idea of a lottery doesn’t seem like the end of the world; besides, most of those who want to play drive to Virginia, sending all those dollars to that state. To me, I just don’t see what the problem is. Social justice folks that argue a lottery is a tax on the poor, because they’ll be the ones buying the tickets on false hope. I really have a problem with deeming people in the state too stupid to make a independent judgment on whether to voluntarily buy a ticket.

Anyone want to try and convince me this lottery is a bad idea? (News14Carolina):

The possibility of a North Carolina lottery is still alive in the General Assembly.

But a group of Baptist preachers told lawmakers Tuesday they don’t want a lottery here in the Tar Heel state. The ministers believe it’s not just an issue of religion.

While the fate of a North Carolina lottery lingers in the legislature, Pastor Greg Barefoot and about 25 other Baptist ministers are speaking out against the gambling game.

“We know this is a hard issue for everyone, but we’re looking at it for the wellbeing of our people,” he said. “They’re looking for hope and it’s an empty hope. You’re looking at one in 14-million chances of winning.” Barefoot is the Pastor of Stony Point Baptist Church, just outside of Statesville. He traveled nearly three hours Tuesday morning to meet with other ministers from across the state, like Pastor Robert Lewis from Fayetteville.

These preachers said they represent about 30,000 people opposed to a North Carolina lottery. Lewis said, “I believe we represent the majority of the Christian perspective as well as many in the community who have strong family moral value.”

Some people argue in order to maintain a separation of church and state, lawmakers cannot allow religious opinion to dictate whether or not North Carolina gets a lottery…”Every decision they make is a moral decision, whether good or bad,” Lewis explained. “And you really cannot separate a person’s faith from their politics.”

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