2002 The Truth about Lotteries

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Campaign against state lottery gets key push from churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--With the battle against a proposed state lottery in its final weekend, numerous pastors and gambling opponents urged churches throughout Tennessee to let their voice be heard in the Nov. 5 general election.

State’s family climate at stake in lottery vote, pastor warns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When Frank Lewis warns about the negative effects of gambling on a community, its churches and its people, he speaks from experience.

Layman overcomes gambling addiction, uses past to witness to others

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In 1993 Dave Thomas moved his family from Florida to escape creditors and legalized gambling.

Churches face dilemmas if lottery is approved in Tenn., pastor says

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When Scott Thomas was pastor of a church near Lake Charles, La., he learned churches and Christians will face dilemmas and struggles if a state lottery wins a statewide vote Nov. 5.

ANALYSIS: States lose big with lotteries, according to economic studies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Citizens in Tennessee will decide Nov. 5 whether to approve a state lottery, and many Southern Baptists are among those working to defeat the proposal. While there are a number of valid moral arguments against a lottery, there also are compelling economic reasons to oppose a lottery.

FIRST-PERSON: Enron & a state lottery have striking similarities

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--In law, the strongest witness is one who testifies against his own interest. As one who teaches in and is wholeheartedly committed to public higher education, I am an apparent beneficiary of revenues generated from a proposed state lottery. It might be assumed, therefore, that I should write in favor of the lottery. I cannot do so.

Baptists flood state with anti-lottery publications

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--The Tennessee Baptist Convention began distributing 3.2 million anti-lottery church bulletin inserts and 75,000 copies of a 32-page anti-lottery magazine Sept. 4 in a campaign encouraging fellow citizens to vote against a state lottery on Nov. 5 and keep Tennessee gambling-free.

Tenn. Baptist anti-lottery drive partners with LifeWay for Nov. 5

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, Tennessee Baptists have a 60-day window to mount a campaign encouraging fellow citizens to vote against a state lottery on Nov. 5 and keep Tennessee gambling-free.