Please contact without delay your Representative in the NC House
Christian Action League
June 17, 2013
My Dear Friends,
Since Monday of last week I’ve been warning you about HB 809-Game Nights/Non-profit Fundraisers. In a nutshell, this legislation would make it legal for non-profit groups to have Casino style gambling events as fundraisers.
Certain lawmakers want you to believe that this legislation is harmless and no big deal because it’s limited in scope, they argue.
The truth is this legislation is “the camel’s nose under the tent.” If passed, it could not only bring Casino-style gambling to your own community, but also set the stage for the legalization of full-fledged Casinos and other forms of gambling in the Tar Heel state.
For more details, see previous Urgent Action Alert.
HB 809 is expected to be heard before the full Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, June 19th of this week. If the legislation should pass this Committee it would likely move rapidly to the House floor for consideration. So I implore you to contact your Representative in the N.C. House without delay and urge him/her to vote against this measure.
This is no matter to be taken lightly. Large business interests want this bill. Moreover, although it was regarding a separate form of gambling (Sweepstakes), a recent article in the Raleigh News Observer highlighted the way gambling interests have stepped up their efforts in North Carolina.
What does all this mean? It’s simple: it means that if God’s people don’t speak up against this kind of thing, it could very well pass.
Please take a moment to contact your Representative in the North Carolina House and express your objections to the passage of this bill.
Your response does make a difference!
Here is how you can know who represents you in the NC House and their contact information. Please make the time to take the following quick and easy steps.
- Go to the NC General Assembly’s web site at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/
- At the top of the web site on the right, click on “Who Represents Me?”
- Enter your address in the text box at the top of the North Carolina House of Representatives District Map
- Hit “Enter”. This will zoom the map to the location of your address within the district that you live.
- Click on the number of your district in the map and your Representative’s web page will appear with his/her contact information.
Send an email (sample email pasted at the bottom of this alert) expressing your objections to this bill. Afterward, it’s always good to follow-up with a phone call, asking if your legislator got your email message.
Again, your response does make a difference.
Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.
To view related story: “Casino Nights for Non-Profits: Bad Bet for the Tar Heel State”
Below is also a sample email:
Subject Line: VOTE NO ON HB 809-GAME NIGNTS/NON-PROFT FUNDRAISERS
It has come to my attention that HB 809-Game Nights/Non-profit Fundraisers is a measure that may be considered by the House in the near future.
I hope that you will not make the mistake of thinking that this bill is innocuous or less dangerous because it is limited to non-profits. I believe it sets a dangerous precedent that will inevitably lead to legalized permanent full-fledged Casinos and other forms of legalized gambling. I don’t believe this is the vision that most North Carolinians have for our state.
Gambling in any form is predicated upon the losses and pain of others. It typically preys on the most vulnerable among us. The principle of gambling undermines our commitment to hard work and diligence. It capitalizes on the basest of human nature – our greed and a spirit of covetousness. It is always progressive in nature.
This bill runs against the grain of our hope for a truly better North Carolina. Please, no more gambling for our state.
I urge you to vote NO on any possible consideration of HB 809-Game Nights/Nonprofit Fundraisers.
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