Christian Coalition Letter to AL Lawmakers

Dear Alabama Legislator,

As you know, the Christian Coalition of Alabama has been at the forefront fighting the expansion of gaming in our state. Unfortunately, for far too long this issue has been demagogued by those on both sides of the debate, with little being done to control the spread of gaming. While the search for possible solutions have been many, there are several factual legal precedents that must be understood if we are to be serous about controlling gaming and being on sound legal footing.

I have enclosed a recent editorial that was published in the Mobile Press Register that outlines the history of gaming in Alabama and what must be done to strictly control the proliferation of gaming. The most important point is that even if the Alabama Supreme Court rules in such a way that electronic bingo is found to be illegal, as long as paper bingo is allowed, the Indians will be allowed to continue their gaming operations thereby creating a monopoly for the Indians. This is very settled in previous federal case law.

I believe it is the duty of the legislature to address the gaming issue in our state and we support the ability of the people to have a voice and vote on the solution to gaming. Otherwise, we will be subjected to endless litigation and ongoing legal challenges.

We welcome any comments or questions you may have on this issue. There are numerous issues that face the state at this time and gaming has dominated this for too long, and we need closure on this issue rather than ongoing costly court battles.

Sincerely yours,

Randy Brinson, MD

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  • by shane Location: mobile on Oct 24, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    What I would like explained to me is why the Christian coalition and other fundamentalist groups feel a need to have their morals legislated. Why does everyone have to play along with them? If the adherents of these groups do not like gambling then why can't they choose not participate in the objectionable activity? Why do all the rest of us have to be kept from participating? This belief that gambling is immoral and evil is a cultural belief not a religious imperative. I am sure I can find quite a few passages in the Bible to support their stance on gambling but I am also just as sure that I could find just as many passages supporting gambling. How about doing as the Bible suggest and that is living your life as an example to others to see, instead of trying to force all of us to lead a life style that many followers of these groups cannot seem to follow themselves?
  • by Howell Location: hartford Al on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    as from the younger generation who has traveled the world I believe we cuold have bingo machine with out the Lord still letting us into heaven .Other states have bingo ,lottery and all other types of gambling,do you seriously think the Lord won"t let them in Heaven.
  • by dothanfive Location: dothan on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    randy brinson is a nut job. i don't think the alabama christian coalition is even a part of the national christian coalition anymore..... it is fine to vote but brinson is a shameless self promoter....
  • by KL Location: Enterprise on Oct 24, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Guess the Mississippi gambling money must be pouring into the Christian Coalition once again as it did during the Lottery debate back in 1998. The coalition got a good thing going, getting rich from Mississippi gambling money while fighting gambling in Alabama.
  • by Eric Location: Dothan on Oct 24, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I agree, let the people decide. Gov. Riley makes me sick with his so called task force made up of his buddies. This is a waste of the peoples tax dollars. I say pass legislation to highly regulate gambling in Alabama and collect the tax money due. We as a state have to get away from electing ex-preachers to high public offices. This kind of mentality only serves to push Alabama backwards. We need to move forward.
  • by David Location: Dothan on Oct 24, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    You religious hypocrites need to stop tryin to control everyone's lives. If you don't want to gamble then don't.
  • by Jay Location: Dothan on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:37 PM
    Alabama has been long known to be well behind the times, did anyone get a clue during "Prohibition." I don't seek advice from the pulpit before I make up my mind on any issue as the same when Hollywood steps in. The people of Alabama should have the vote, after all the lawmakers are there "for the people, by the people". After all the "buck" really stops at the ballot box.
  • by Charlotte Location: Summerdale on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    The Indians were beaten down for so many years, now they are doing great, and they deserve to do good. They work for what they have, the rest of us need to let them alone, until the gaming they were dirt poor, couldn't even go to white school's can you imagine that? I am so glad for them, and hope they continue to do well, and get smarter .
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