Religious Groups Fighting Online Gambling Legislation In US

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Twelve different religious and family groups are writing to Congressional leaders to enact legislation that would stop the "...massive expansion of internet gambling enabled by Attorney General Holder's surprise reinterpretation of the Wire Act."

The letter was written to members of Congress cites that the government enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 to stop the expansion of internet gambling. The letter goes on to state that "Unfortunately Congress' clear intent in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act of 2006 (UIGEA) is now under assault and we are writing to urge you to work once again to protect those most at risk from the proliferation of illegal internet gambling."

The document was sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

The end of the letter concludes that: "Congress still has an opportunity to act to reassert its authority and re-establish its intent to prevent the proliferation of online gambling in the U.S. By reinstating the more than 50-year old interpretation of the Wire Act and actually strengthening UIGEA, you can protect our children and families from the erosion of safeguards Congress has previously established."

The document was signed by the following groups: American Values, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council Action, WallBuilders, Religious Freedom Coalition, Christian Coalition, Catholic Advocate, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Let Freedom Ring, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 60 Plus Association, and Concerned Women for America.

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21 May 2012 - 3:57pm

Ugh, really?

I respect people with different opinions than mine, but why do they feel the need to block other people from doing something that they don't like?

If everybody is equal, why can't we look to other countries like the UK, Australia, or other countries that have legalized online betting and see that they are just fine with a regulated market place. I'd even dare to say they are better off as there is player protection and bringing in tax revenues...

This is just a shame in my eyes.