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Internet Gambling Community United by Focus on the Family, Again

In a letter to the United States Congress, meant to counter-act the lobbying Casino Gambling Web has done on behalf of the American people, Focus on the Family and other religious groups attacked the Internet gambling community, claiming all online casino operators are money launderers and/or terrorists, and/or supporters of terrorism.

“Internet gambling… creates fertile ground for criminal activity and threatens homeland security by potentially funding terrorist activity,” the letter reads.

This idea that online gambling threatens homeland security is outrageous and slanderous, not to mention insulting to the hard working people who work at these companies, most of which are legitimate and publicly traded in their respective countries.

More importantly, there is no proof behind these outrageous claims, they are just thoughts worked up in the vivid imaginations of the religious fundamentalists based on outdated stereotypes of shady gambling parlors run by the Mafia in the mid to early twentieth century.

In their letter to the United States Congress the religious groups point out that millions of Americans gamble online every year. They feel this is the reason it needs to be banned, however, this is the exact reason why it is considered a prohibition. By banning Internet gambling in the United States the government has forbade an activity participated in by the masses.

As a side note, the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s was strongly supported by the Ku Klux Klan. Would it be fair to associate the religious fundamentalists pushing for the 21st century form of prohibition with the Ku Klux Klan, as they associate all gambling entities with terrorists?

Focus on the Family also points out in their letter to Congress that the United States is in discord with the World Trade Organization, so much so that the WTO ruled against the United States in a case brought against them by the tiny island nation of Antigua. The religious groups believe the US has the right to disobey the WTO ruling and emphasizes in their letter that the US should not back down to the WTO and continue to disregard International trade laws.

To further point out the reasons why Internet gambling should be made and kept illegal Chad Hills, Focus on the Family’s seemingly fictitious in-house gambling analyst said, “There are well over 800 commercial and tribal casinos, alongside 42 state lotteries saturating our nation’s landscape.”

On their gambling information page they go on …

Internet Gambling Bill Reaches 34 Total Co-Sponsors

On July 26, three more congressman signed on to co-sponsor Rep. Barney Frank’s H.R. 2046 (Internet Gambling and Enforcement Regulation Act) to bring the total number of co-sponsors to thirty-four.

Reps. Joe Baca [CA-43], Lynn C. Woolsey [CA-6], and Neil Abercrombie [HI-1], have joined a growing list of congressional representatives that are in full support of regulating Internet Gambling in the United States.

The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and is currently in committee at the House Financial Services and House Energy and Commerce Committees.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), introduced HR2046 in April and held a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee in June at which time several prominent experts gave testimony both for and against online gambling.

The Act would establish a federal regulatory and enforcement framework to license companies to accept bets and wagers online from individuals in the U.S., to the extent permitted by individual states, Indian tribes and sports leagues.

The Act would also provide that safeguards are used to prevent underage gambling and to find ways to control compulsive gambling, combat fraud and money laundering.

Barney Frank has said that “The existing legislation is an inappropriate interference on the personal freedom of Americans and this interference should be undone,” referring to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which was enacted last year.

The bill would also require software that can track where a gambler is making a wager to ensure that it is legal in that jurisdiction.

This bill is rapidly gaining support of congress as more Americans are calling and writing to their representatives and expressing that they need to support this as most Americans see the UIGEA as an infringement on their rights, and an invasion of privacy in their homes.

Casino Gambling Web (http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/) is one of the leading supporters of the bill. CGW is hosting an online petition to repeal the UIGEA and currently has more than 6,500 signatures of Americans that believe this law is an intrusion and a restriction to their personal freedoms. The website is also responsible for starting the Public Outcry Campaign which led angry Americans to call their representatives in Washington D.C. to express their dissent for the UIGEA.…