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February 22, 2012 Print

Dr. Al Mohler: Gambling’s Influence on the Collapse of Character

by Chad Hills

As we continue to cover Dr. Al Mohler’s blog series on gambling this week, we look at his post from yesterday, titled, “Casino Culture and the Collapse of Character.”

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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