Hundreds Gather To Rally Against Casino Gambling

As lawmakers debate possible casinos in Kentucky, churches turn out in force to speak against them.

Hundreds of people from churches across the state were in Frankfort for a rally in the state capitol on Wednesday morning.

They say any number of casinos would bring nothing but trouble to the state.

Moms and children, pew members and preachers packed out the rotunda in Frankfort for one purpose: to protest the expansion of gambling in this state.

The protestors are on what they see as a moral crusade, to keep the commonwealth casino free.

Back to back, several speakers laid out why they feel casinos will be Kentucky's downfall.

"Whether you're a gambler or not, casino gambling is going to bring a crime wave with it," said Representative Stan Lee

Lee believes that crime, robbery and prostitution will skyrocket if casinos are welcome. Others believe gambling will suck Kentucky citizens' pockets dry.

"No one can win at casino gambling except the owners of the casinos," said Jeff Fugate, who pastors Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington.

Fugate, believes gambling is the worst kind of get rich quick scheme and targets those desperate to make a better life, just like the lottery.

"Where are we 20 years after lottery gambling? Broke," he said.

Religious and political leaders from all over the state were in attendance at Wednesday's protest.


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  • by Megan Location: Fort Thomas on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:09 PM
    I think it is ironic that the churches are fighting against gambling, yet they do not rally against tobacco sales in Kentucky. I am a Catholic, but I do not recall a "Thou shall not gamble" commandment. I do, however, know that "Thou shall not kill" is one of the most important. Smoking kills people, gambling does not (Al Capone has been dead for a while now!). People also have free will to do what they want. My whole life I have been told that I need to make my own decisions. If I want to gamble, I will. Our state needs the money! My high school is continually one of the top three in the state, but you would not know it by the condition of the school building. Other, poorer parts of the state have state-of-the-art facilities, but their CATS testing does not show that these facilities help them. Kentucky needs to reform. If casinos will help bring in the money necessary to do it, then I am all for it, and there is nothing that a small minority of church members can do about it.
  • by G Location: Eastern Kentucky on Mar 10, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    I was for casinos before I ever knew who Beshear was and yes I voted for him mainly because of gambling(and because Fletcher is an idoiot) I am a member of the horse industry and in the industry we are having a similiar problem with horse slaughter. We seem to have the same emotionally challenged individuals crying that it's morally wrong to slaughter a horse. I look at it like this; I'd rather see a horse die than starve in a welfare family's backyard. I've done extensive research on both issues. I'm neither naive or ignorant. I happen to be a college graduate. Look at in terms of what is our main legal cash crop...horses! Tobacco went out a few years ago remember? Well the only way to keep our position in the horse industry is to allow casinos, but as I said it has it's other perks and benefits too. A certain % will go towards roads, a % goes towards education/KHEES money as someone pointed out and just because casinos are here doesn't mean you have to go to them.
  • by ben Location: lex on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    The only sin I see is stupidity.
  • by Jeb Location: Ky on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    So "Smoker" says he will travel to other states to buy his cigarettes because they will be cheaper if KY raises the cig tax again. Please tell me, how much did that cost you in gas money to travel to another state to buy cheaper cigarettes? Use common sense man, please use common sense!
  • by thelma Location: casey on Mar 9, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    we all have to agree,gambling is a sin.ther will be more little children going hunger and without poper clothing to wear.all the money will be going for other things.i for one hope it never makes it into ky.there are already to much crime going on.we should have our mind on where we are going to spend eternity when this life is over.i;m sure there want be any gambling in heaven.for our lord want let no sin enter in.please everyone stand up for what is right.
  • by HMMMM Location: KY on Mar 9, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    I am a Christian, and I do think that all gambling is wrong. However, we should be allowed to vote about whether or not the casinos should be allowed here becuase it isn't my RIGHT to tell someone else what they can or cannot do. If you don't want them, then vote NO. If it passes anyway, don't go there. People today have lost all control of something called COMMON SENSE. I bet if people would use it more there wouldn't be half of the problems we have today.
  • by Smoker Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    We will also loose what little revenue from cigarette tax we get right now if they put 0.70 on a pack. I for one will travel to other states to buy mine. Smokers in the other states around us will also stop coming here to buy their smokes. Wake up Ky.We are going to hell in a hand basket and you are sitting back letting it happen.
  • by CS Location: KY on Mar 9, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    I suppose you people that want these casinos brought to our state willbe the first to loose everything and owe loansharks 50k. I guess you don't know what happens to you or your family do you? Think..... YOU DIE, you die committing a sin of all things, or you come home to find your loved one beaten to death with a note layed on the body. I really don't think casinos are worth it. It's not right, it is a sin and all that comes out of sin is hell. Yeah God gave us free will and to decide for ourselves.. So do you really think this is what we really want? I don't want it that's for sure...
  • by depressed Location: ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    i would like for them to do away with the lottery.we are not on wefare.but my husband as a hundred dollar a day habbit.its destroying our marriage after 36 years together theres nothing i can do but be mentally and physically abused if i say anything about it.i live for god and i pray and pray about it.you will ask why i dont leave theres no where for me to go because no one to help.i pray that none of you all get caught up in this.i am dying inside because i have to keep it to my self.god bless.please dont let any more gambling pass in the state of kentucky a place i used to love to live.but not any more.pray pray pray
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 8, 2008 at 09:17 PM
    So what do we call people from Lexington? They're not Hillbillies? I thought everyone in Ky was a Hillbilly.I am proud to be a Kentuckian and a Hillbilly. And KHEES is enough to pay for a college education? What college did you attend? Obviously they didn't teach you the difference between your and you're.

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