Fall has FINALLY arrived and it’s time for Louisiana to turn its attention to the upcoming election. There are numerous important issues on the November 6th ballot - one warrants special attention today.
During the last session, the Louisiana Legislature moved an unprecedented number of bills expanding gambling in Louisiana. By God’s grace, most were defeated. Some of the defeated bills include the 30-year extension of Harrah’s land-based casino in New Orleans, the riverboat expansion into rural Tangipahoa Parish, sports betting and internet gambling.
Unfortunately, one bill that gained legislative approval will be on the November 6 ballot. Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is online gambling which allows bets based on “fantasy” teams, i.e. not on actual teams but virtual. The nature of this type of gambling is that it is accessible on every computer, tablet, phone, or internet connected device anywhere, unfortunately by anybody, including children.
The Louisiana Constitution requires that any new form of gambling in a parish must receive the approval of a majority of those voting in a parish by parish election. Pending the results of the vote in each parish, some may approve this new form of gambling and others may not. Unless you act decisively, your parish may be one of those welcoming gambling into every home in your parish!
The Daily Fantasy Sports operators ADMIT that they cannot exclude minors from online gambling. As every parent knows, children are skilled at circumventing parental controls on the internet and this situation is no different. And the so-called “geofencing” which attempts to block gambling in non-approved parishes will inevitability be circumvented as well.
This election on November 6th WILL drastically change the gambling landscape in Louisiana unless you act!I need your help to educate your faith community, friends, and family on this important vote.
LFF encourages a 'NO’ vote on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting November 6. Click herefor a DFS backgrounder. Click the "Share this" links below to forward this message to your family and friends.
Recall that Gosnell, who had ties to the troubled Delta Abortion Clinic in Baton Rouge, ran an abortuary in West Philadelphia for 40 years before investigators found that he had performed hundreds of late-term abortions in filthy, unsafe conditions, often delivering live infants that he would ‘terminate’ in horrific fashion. He was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in addition to other charges. The jury found he had violated more than 200 state abortion laws.
Gosnell is serving three life sentences for his crimes.
In his Breakpoint commentary, my friend John Stonestreet observes that what strikes you while watching the movie is how this is not just about a single, rogue abortion doctor. This was a trial of our abortion laws in this country.
It was also a trial of the news media, exposing the unconscionable bias so many journalists have with a so-called “woman’s right to choose.” It was a trial of government officials, who turned a blind eye to Gosnell’s dark hole of a ‘clinic’ for years.
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