WE CANNOT WAIT ANOTHER DAY!
Please call your state representative and your state senator today, and ask them NOT to vote for a lottery. Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of ALCAP, has issued an alert that we think needs to passed along to you immediately, as time is of the essence.
According to a Montgomery Advertiser article (click here to read the article), the Governor is planning to call a Special Session of the Alabama Legislature in order to find funding for Medicaid. The article implies (and we have heard from reliable sources) that a state-sponsored lottery will be the primary “solution” offered to the Medicaid funding problem, and for the lottery Constitutional Amendment to be on the November ballot, the Special Session will need to be held in early to mid-August.
If pastors and church members do not contact their House Members and State Senators NOW and urge them to oppose all pro-gambling bills during the anticipated Special Session, we will be facing a lottery referendum this November! Given our limited resources, it will be difficult for churches to stop such a vote on the November ballot.
The Alabama Supreme Court wrote several years ago that a “lottery” is defined as “any game of chance.” That means that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, the Legislature could come back and establish casinos throughout the state.
No state or government has ever gambled its way out of a financial crisis. Instead, gambling actually sucks money out of the economy and states that have legalized lotteries and casino gambling have continually had to raise their taxes to cover the lost revenue from other sources. California and Illinois are good examples of this.
It is also important to note that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, that will not be the end of it. Pro-gambling forces will continue to push for new forms of lottery ticket sales (Keno and scratch tickets, video terminals, etc.) and new types of gambling. Once a government becomes addicted to gambling dollars, that government will have to continue to “prop up” the gambling operations and expand gambling in order to keep revenue from gambling coming into the state.
A new documentary has been produced that shows the fallacy of state-sponsored gambling, especially lotteries. The movie is entitled, “Out of Luck.” The downloadable version from the internet contains language not suited for viewing in churches, but an “educational version” has been released that drops the sound when those words are used.
Joe Godfrey has a copy of the educational version DVD and is willing to travel to different areas of the state in order to show the 1 hour and 44 minute documentary to groups of pastors and area associations of churches. They will also try to have DVDs of the educational version available for churches to use. The cost of the DVDs will be $25 (their cost).
If you, or a group of area associations and churches would like to schedule a viewing in the next couple of weeks, please contact Joe at [email protected] or call the ALCAP office at 205.985.9062. Or, if you wish to order the educational DVD directly, you may contact Joe directly at [email protected]