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Ky Baptists take to airwaves, churches to fight casino bill

Ky Baptists take to airwaves, churches to fight casino bill

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 10:32 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In what the Kentucky Baptist Convention calls a "double-barrelled offensive" against legislation which would legalize casinos in Kentucky, its executive director will be heard in churches and on radio commercials across the Commonwealth.

The Louisville-based church organization says Paul Chitwood's message is to encourage evangelical Christians to speak out against gambling legislation pending in the General Assembly.

To that end, the Kentucky Baptist Convention is distributing a video of Chitwood to be shown to its 750,000 members in 2400 church sanctuaries across the state. 

In a radio ad aimed at a "broader Christian audience," on Christian radio stations, Chitwood encourages like minded gambling opponents to contact lawmakers. "Where gambling is legalized, misery follows," Chitwood says in the ads. "And yet year after year, a small group of Kentucky politicians pushes to expand gambling in Kentucky, promising that it will be an economic boon – and it will be…to the casino operators eager to cash in on the misery of our fellow Kentuckians."

Though a casino bill introduced by House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark has been discussed in committee, House leadership is waiting for the Kentucky Senate to begin the process in that chamber.

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