Bishop Doug Fisher of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts states quite clearly that casinos are bad news for the poor. His diocese has joined a statewide effort to place an initiative on the 2014 ballot that would make casino gaming in Massachusetts illegal. Writing in the Worcester News-Telegram, he says:
In the very first sermon Jesus ever gave, he quoted the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, and said “I have come to bring good news to the poor.” Casinos are bad news for the poor. We follow Jesus.
The truth is that the more you know about casinos, the less you want one in your community. Our state legislators, eager to create jobs and increase state revenues, think that predatory casinos are the answer. We respectfully disagree.
Read his column here.