Gambling: Betting on The Devil

Betting on The Devil

Is Satan poised to invade the Bible Belt? Hell, yes, say Baptist ministers along the Mississippi, where TV spots recently carried the voice of a frantic mother begging for help from 911 to rescue her daughter from the evils of gambling. The source of the Baptists' consternation is a growing movement to revive riverboat casinos. They fear that the floating games will bring bawdy music, painted women and public intoxication. On the other side of this fire- and-brimstone debate are the chambers of commerce of such Mississippi River towns as Natchez and Vicksburg. They insist that legalizing games of chance on...

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