There is no doubt that there are benefits to the casino business. However, facts confirm that the harm caused by the casino business are far more greater. It harms our faith, social life and our economy. The presence of a casino in our community has negative effects that is suffered by all members of that community.
The statement of our founding fathers stands clearly against gambling and I would like to quote the words of President Thomas Jefferson :
“In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many of which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui [weariness; heaviness] is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind”S.E. Forman, The Life and Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1900), p. 266, in a letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787.
On behalf of the Muslim community I do support Yes on Question 3 – the ballot question to undo the casino law.
Wissam Abdul Baki Ph.D. Imam of The Islamic Society of Western MA