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Friday, 04 November 2011 08:34

Religious Rhetoric and the Argument Against Online Casinos

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At the risk of starting a small online war, I’d like to talk about the kind of furious opposition that online casinos face and why I think it’s quite possibly a bunch of hypocritical nonsense.

I’m often surprised at the amount of opposition to online casinos, especially from religious groups.

Those taking advantage of the inviolable tenet that one should be free to think as one pleases and worship who one believes in – in other words, those waving the flag of freedom of speech and thought – seem to be less concerned when it comes to free casino usage; apparently, the freedom to go where you please and do as you wish is less applicable when it comes to signing up to an online casino, accepting a casino bonus and playing some games.

Yes, at its base religion is built around the concept of sin, of wrong and right, but more fundamentally Christianity is based upon the idea of free will – that our actions are our own and as such we are to take responsibility for them. This is why I’m so surprised that religious groups in America oppose casinos – because really, isn’t the point that every person is responsible for themselves? And if they choose to play games, isn’t that their right?

But more astonishingly, I’m disgusted by the absolute hypocrisy that resonates in some of the arguments against casinos – vigorous lobbying of the state to prohibit companies offering real-money and free casino games by institutions that aren’t subject to tax laws themselves? Demonising casinos as anti-family and the cause of social problems whilst denouncing contraception that would inhibit the spread of AIDS and the intense strain that massive families place on infrastructure? If you’re going to speak out against it, at least have the decency to do it from outside your glass house...

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that casinos are for everyone – they’re not. But I think that if you’d like to play, you should have the option to choose if that’s right for you. Isn't that basic freedom?