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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Evangelicals, Gambling, and Jack Abramoff

From the Christianity Today blog comes this link to the cronyism, graft, and greed associated with some prominent evangelical leaders' and Jack Abramoff, convicted influence-peddler and pro-gambling lobbyist. ...

According to the Nation:

What Dobson neglected to mention--and has yet to discuss publicly--is his own pivotal role in one of Abramoff's schemes. In 2002 Dobson joined a coterie of Christian-right activists, including Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, to spearhead Abramoff's campaigns against the establishment of several Louisiana casinos that infringed on the turf of Abramoff's tribal clients. Dobson and his allies recorded messages for phone banking, lobbied high-level Bush Administration officials and took to the airwaves. Whether they knew it or not, these Christian soldiers' crusade to protect families in the "Sportsmen's Paradise" from the side effects of chronic slot-pulling and dice-rolling was funded by the gambling industry and planned by the lobbyist known even to his friends as "Casino Jack."

The only Christian-right activist confirmed to be completely aware of Abramoff's rip-off was Ralph Reed. He and Abramoff have a long and storied history together.

1 comment:

jmshalomw said...

This situation (crime) just gets worse!
Thanks for sharing this information.