In Dr. Mohler’s blog, he describes gambling’s seedy history and its current “acceptability” and “promotion” by states that cannibalize their own citizens for government revenues. Excerpted from Dr. Mohler’s blog:
… the reintroduction of gambling came as state governments sought to benefit financially from legalized gambling, and thus to rationalize its new role within the culture.
… Behind all this you will find insatiable appetites — the insatiable appetite on the part of some individuals determined to gamble, and the insatiable appetite of state governments for revenue. These appetites fed on each other.
… States, increasingly hard-pressed for tax revenues, looked to expanded gambling as a way to solve budgetary impasses. But, again and again, the gambling expansions failed to deliver even the minimal projections of additional tax revenue.
… In Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits, Grinols developed a sophisticated cost-benefit analysis in order to determine whether casinos are actually helping society, or causing harm…. His verdict: “The evidence indicates that casino gambling fails a cost-benefit test by a wide margin.”
… Worst of all, the casino is a symbol of cultural decay and the death of character. A vain hope for a windfall draws those desperate for a jackpot. A government assigned the task of protecting its citizens willingly entices them to engage in games of risk. A culture that requires basic virtues such as industriousness and thrift and prudence preys on its own people by attracting them into the casino.
… The rise of the casino goes hand in hand with the collapse of character.
Read Dr. Al Mohler’s full blog, Casino Culture and the Collapse of Character here …
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