Texas Gambling: The Morality vs Legality of Casino Gambling Essay

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For years casino gambling was portrayed in the media and Hollywood as being associated with criminal activities and the mafia. Now with proper scrutiny and government regulations casino gambling has become a lucrative business, with casinos stock even trading on Wall Street. Casino gambling is an ever increasingly popular and legal activity in many states throughout the United States. “The term gambling or ‘gaming’ as the industry calls it, means any legalized form of wagering or betting conducted in a casino, on a riverboat, on an Indian reservation, or at any other location under the jurisdiction of the United States” (National Gambling Impact Study Commission Act). States that allow casino gambling benefit vastly by re-incorporating …show more content…
The State of Texas has reaped the benefits from the taxation of different forms of gambling for almost two decades. Since the inception of the Texas Lottery in 1992 (Texas Lottery website), the Texas Lottery has contributed more than eleven billion dollars to the Foundation School Fund which helps support education in the state. Pari-mutuel wagering for horse and dog racing has also been allowed under state law since 1987 and continues to provide revenue through taxes as well as employing numerous workers in the respective field (The Texas Gaming Commission website). If the State of Texas benefits from taxes off lottery and pari-mutuel wagering at horse and dog tracks then, how come legislation is reluctant to legalize casino gambling? The answer seems to lie within numerous religious groups and churches who view gambling as a criminal activity or a sin. An interesting fact is charitable bingo games which, are legal in Texas and is another form of gambling, have benefited churches and religious groups in the State of Texas for almost three decades although there is a dearth of studies showing an increase in crime and gambling problems amongst this population. Opponents such as The Christian Life Commission of Baptist General Convention of Texas view gambling as a “predatory, regressive business model” (Christian Life Commission). “The Christian Life Commission” feels legalizing casinos could take

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