A group calling itself the ”We Care Coalition” who are now openly advocating for the decriminalisation of gambling in The Bahamas are brazenly pitting themselves against the church of Jesus Christ.
The debate on the legalization of a lottery rages on. It is regrettable that the issue is so divisive particularly when there are so many national issues requiring unified attention such as job creation, education reform, and crime eradication.
Pastor Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life Church accused the Christie administration of lacking the leadership and courage to shut down illegal web shops.
Applicants for numbers lottery licenses must withstand scrutiny. Any criminal history is cause for immediate disqualification, meaning all existing numbers kingpins are ineligible.
Less than two weeks after his boss George Markantonis said he would welcome Bahamians gambling in the casinos at Atlantis, Kerzner VP Ed Fields seems to be backtracking on those comments.
No amount of money that the organized crime bosses invest for the benefit of Bahamians can ease their contribution to the deterioration of the moral foundation of our society.
Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the government should include casino gaming in the referendum, as Bahamians should have the right to vote on it.
While the Bahamas Christian Council is lashing out at the government over the referendum, some local pastors are calling for the government to outlaw all forms of gambling.
An Atlantis executive said they would welcome locals into the casino, however, casino gambling is not even being presented as an option for discussion by the government.