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Baptist Pastors Organize Opposition to Gambling

4 May 2004

Las Vegas Sun

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Opponents of electronic gambling machines have taken to the pulpit to try to influence what happens at the ballot box.

Baptist pastors across Oklahoma urged their congregations on Sunday to sign a petition that would allow the law to be placed before voters to consider.

Among them was Pastor John Fream of Calvary Baptist Church in Broken Arrow.

"It's wrong, and it's destroying families," Fream said of gambling. "It's a tax on the poor. Morally, I think it just brings down our society."

The gaming law, which doesn't take effect until the end of August, would allow three of the state's four horse racetracks to offer electronic games, and it outlines a model tribal gaming compact.

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