Agape Press reports on the “ecstatic” reaction of religious right groups:
.Concerned Women for America (CWA) is applauding the passage of the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. The legislation prohibits the use of credit cards, checks, and wire and electronic fund transfers in online gambling, which is illegal. Kyl’s bill is the Senate’s version of H.R. 4411, the House bill sponsored by Republican Congressmen Jim Leach of Iowa and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. These bills seeks to extend the nation’s gambling regulations to the Internet. Lanier Swann, CWA’s director of government relations, says her group is “ecstatic” about the passage of the legislation. “Most Americans don’t realize that Internet gambling is a crime,” she says. “This is a monumental victory for families who have loved ones who are getting hooked to their ‘home casinos.'” Lanier points out that the correlation between gambling and poverty has been repeatedly demonstrated. “Gambling is a growing addiction that has now infiltrated our homes through the all-encompassing Internet,” she says. “What we don’t want is a safe-guarding of easy, click-of-a-mouse access to gambling.” The newly passed legislation gives the Department of Justice and state attorney generals authority to enforce the laws on the books, the pro-family spokeswoman explains, and to “strangle Internet gambling by cutting off the flow of money.” Lanier says CWA commends Kyl for sponsoring the legislation and Senator Bill Frist for providing “exemplary leadership” on the issue. Now the group is calling on President Bush to expedite signing the Internet gambling prohibition bill into law so as to protect individuals and families from addiction and other harmful effects of Internet gambling.
Yes, and we should also ban alcohol because that would be a “monumental victory for families who have loved ones who are getting hooked to their ‘home bars.'” Never mind that the vast majority of people who gamble, like the vast majority of people who drink, do so responsibly and moderately. If anyone becomes addicted to something, we must ban it for everyone. If one person in a hundred has a gambling problem, screw the other 99 people. In fact, throw them in jail for daring to do what causes problems for someone else to do. Let’s all be limited by the weakness of the few.
Hell, while we’re at it let’s ban food. I mean, some people just can’t stop eating. They keep eating until they weigh 500 or 600 pounds because they’re addicted. At the very least, we must ban drive thru lanes and pizza delivery because that allows the addiction of food to “infiltrate the home”. We must make them travel to feed their addictions. All of this hides the most serious addiction in America, an addiction to controlling others through the power of government.
The James Dobsons and Beverly LaHayes of the world are addicts, completely unable to stop their zeal to control others. And every time they get a fix it only makes them crave more. When they manage to pass some legislation that prohibits others from being able to view movies that they don’t like, that’s the equivalent of them taking a hit. But like all addicts, it only makes them crave the next hit. And when the courts tell them that they can no longer throw gays in jail, that’s just like someone taking their drugs away (and the response is just as furious and irrational). Send them too to rehab. They can room with Mel Gibson.