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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Kentucky religious organization is taking a stand against the idea of casinos in Kentucky. On Wednesday, a multimedia campaign is being launched against expanded gambling.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention starts airing ads today on radio airwaves, and a video message will be reaching thousands of people inside churches in Kentucky. The ads feature the Baptist Convention's executive director, Paul Chitwood. The video is being sent to churches across the state for congregations to watch. It features dramatic music with words flashing on the screen, describing what Chitwood says can happen to families because of gambling.
This campaign hits right as expanded gambling supporters renew efforts this year to pass legislation in Kentucky. Lawmakers are considering proposals that would let Kentucky voters decide whether to amend the state's constitution to legalize casinos. The ad urges viewers to call a legislative message line to voice their opinion.
"They promise it will be an economic boon. And it will be," Chitwood says in the ad, "to the politicians and casino operators eager to cash in on the misery of fellow Kentuckians."
Chitwood goes on to say in the message, "The social costs of gambling are well documented. where gambling is legalized, misery follows. And yet year after year, a small group of Kentucky politicians and wealthy casino owners push to expand gambling in Kentucky."
Governor Steve Beshear recently proposed big budget cuts--and lawmakers who support gambling in Kentucky think casinos would generate a lot of money. Supporters of expanded gambling say it's the fastest and easiest way for the state to raise much-needed revenue -- dollars they say go across the border to other states.
The radio spots will run for a week--reaching a broad audience across the state, including Louisville.