Ministers' petition opposes casino

Ministers' petition opposes casino

There are 73 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 14, 2010, titled Ministers' petition opposes casino. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

A statement opposing the Mason Dixon Resort and Casino was released Monday by the Gettysburg Ministerium and signed by 66 local religious leaders.

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#1 Jun 15, 2010
I am a christian and I am in favor of the Casino.
I Know All

Bethesda, MD

#2 Jun 15, 2010
Well, those Minister's that oppose should also oppose any type of gambling and games of chance that they themselves use as a ways and means to raise funds. No more Lucky 13's, Strip Tickets and those games sold during bingos. In essense, it's the same thing. And trust me, I mean no disrespect in my opinion.

The opposition has always put a unique spin on things and numbers and such to lead you to believe that by having a casino here would be bad. Look for yourself at all the other PA Casinos, not any other place but PA and it has been a positive. Don;t allow yourself to be misguided just because a group of ministers oppose this. They want to keep what little money to themselves and their respected churches and you know, that will not change a thing.

Anderson, SC

#3 Jun 15, 2010
Do they sell lottery tickets in Adams County?
layed back

Carlisle, PA

#4 Jun 15, 2010
with all due respect, I have to wonder where these ministers get gas or where do they do their grocery shopping? I'll bet at a place where people buy lottery tickets and loose millions.

Thompsontown, PA

#5 Jun 15, 2010
I wonder why they didn't sign a big petition opposing the proposed period-correct brothel. Charlatans.

Carlisle, PA

#6 Jun 15, 2010
Boy does that ring of hypocracy. Its ok for them to have gambling but not someone else. How do these people blow so much smoke and then be able to look themselves in the mirror.

Carlisle, PA

#7 Jun 15, 2010
If they oppose gambling then they will have to shut down their BINGO GAMES.
David La Torre

Harrisburg, PA

#8 Jun 15, 2010
My quote in this story is incorrect. The state gaming industry has created 12,000 jobs with benefits -- not 1,200.

United States

#9 Jun 15, 2010
Jackson wrote:
If they oppose gambling then they will have to shut down their BINGO GAMES.
Please acknowledge that there is a HUGE difference between a monthly bingo game and a facility that is open 24/7 and is an industry that ,by law, requires an extensive regulatory agency, expanded law enforcement, and money set aside exclusively for anticipated rehabilitation programs for "problem" gamblers.

There is a reason that this activity became illegal in many cultures - it has a long history of destruction leading to the demise of many.

Is this what we wish to promote as an answer to economic viability? At a time when fewer have money for the necessities, do we promote luck to solve our problems?

As the expanded gaming industry gets established it shall prove to be nothing more than another false hope to reduce taxes - more bureaucracy, more overhead expense, and less profitability - EXTRA money in the general fund? Dream on.

Columbia, PA

#10 Jun 15, 2010
While there are indeed a few churches who participate in Bingo and other small games of chance, I'd encourage you to do some fact-checking before jumping into the "this is hypocritical" hysteria.

I know many of the 66 churches/pastors listed in this letter, and the vast majority do not allow games of chance in their buildings or on their properties. Therefore, their feelings are not hypocritical, but accurate and a true testament to their beliefs.
Johnny Cash

Chambersburg, PA

#11 Jun 15, 2010
I'm confused here, you run a list of ministers and clergy against gambling, yet they have jar tabs, bingos, basket games, and raffles as church fund raisers. Do I detect a tad of hypocracy here or is it only a sin when Dave LeVan's name is attached to it ?
Md resident

Parkville, MD

#12 Jun 15, 2010
Stupid bible thumpers! They don't know what they're talking about. Bring on the Casino! A few good hookers too! CasinoYes!
Hanover Res

Hanover, PA

#13 Jun 15, 2010
Md resident wrote:
Stupid bible thumpers! They don't know what they're talking about. Bring on the Casino! A few good hookers too! CasinoYes!
Most Bible thumpers out there are hipocrites. Underneath it all I am sure they want the casino to come too.
Lidless Eye

Plano, TX

#14 Jun 15, 2010
Religious officials should not concern themselves with state and local matters.

Suwanee, GA

#15 Jun 15, 2010
I'm glad they all signed it. Another step in the right direction. NO CASINO!!!!!
Soul Man

Gwynn Oak, MD

#16 Jun 15, 2010
The clergy are just doing there job. No we do not live in the perfect society so they must pass on these things. We all know they will bring crime and thugs. But if they open we can just say I told you so later.
Soul Man

Gwynn Oak, MD

#17 Jun 15, 2010
Jackson wrote:
If they oppose gambling then they will have to shut down their BINGO GAMES.
I do not think and church in Gettysburg has Bingo do they? I know the true church SFX does not have Bingo.

Philadelphia, PA

#18 Jun 15, 2010
I too am confused by this story because to the join the K of C You need a signature from a priest but then when your in you can DRINK and GABLE as much as you want (sounds like a casino to me) only instead of res using a deck of cards or pulling a handle you gets to throw away lots of paper tickets. In conclusion you are not only gambling you are hurting the environment too. now I wait for all the hypocrite catholic come backs
been here awhile

Gettysburg, PA

#19 Jun 15, 2010
If a church organization has a fundraiser that involves games of chance you cannot possibly compare that to a 24/7 casino in Gettysburg. The church and its members only benefit from that situation.

Where do you think the money lost in a casino goes?

It is real easy to see which posters are followers of LeVan. And by the way LeVan only has a 15% interest in this venture--a mouthpiece or front man so to speak. Who do you think the other players are? They will be the ones to leave with the money.

Wake up Adams Co. and see what is really going on here.

We need more leaders to head this thing off instead of followers marching behind the pied piper.

Convince them to put it in Hanover if you are so sure this is a good idea. Why do you suppose LeVan keeps banging his head in Gettysburg?

He will lose again.

Loysville, PA

#20 Jun 15, 2010
I purchase four lotto tickets every week. And if I ever won a large sum of money, I had planned to give a significant gift to my local church. Do you think my pastor would accept my donation if he knew I got the money by gambling? Do you think that if I gave the money to Susan Star Paddock to give to her church, do you think she would accept it if she knew I got the money by gambling?

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