Christian Action League
This week, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning of Wake County struck down North Carolina’s ban on video poker. Manning ruled it was unconstitutional to allow video poker machines on the Cherokee reservation but prohibit them elsewhere in the state.
The order was put on hold until the lawsuit levied by the video poker industry could be heard by the State Court of Appeals, which could take months.
Video Poker, which was rift with political scandals and corruption, was outlawed state-wide in 2006. But Manning’s ruling now opens the possibility of the industry’s return.
“The Christian Action League has long opposed all forms of gambling, whether the lottery – video poker – on or off the reservation – a Christian worldview rejects all of it. But I believe this was an erroneous ruling that we can only hope will be overturned by the State Court of Appeals”, said CAL executive director, Rev. Mark Creech. “Video poker is like the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling. Our state’s deliverance from it was an exorcism difficult and painful, but necessary to redeem the character of our great state and end the slavery of its many victims. If there was ever anything justified in hating, its video poker.”
The story on the video poker ruling by Judge Manning broke late on Thursday and after the CAL press deadline. Watch for more on this matter in next week’s Weekly Issues Update.
Read the Charlotte Observer story: Judge Strikes Down Video Poker Ban