WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed January 29, 2014
Religious Group Buying Ads on Oppose Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is speaking out against expanded gambling in a new radio ad aimed at stirring grassroots opposition to legalizing casinos.
The ad is debuting Wednesday on Christian radio stations.
It features the Baptist Convention's executive director, Paul Chitwood. He says casino operators want to "cash in on the misery" of others. He urges listeners to press their lawmakers to oppose expanded gambling.
Chitwood also makes his case in a video being sent to churches across the state.
The Baptist Convention's campaign comes as expanded gambling supporters are renewing their efforts in this year's General Assembly session.
Lawmakers are considering proposals that would let Kentucky voters decide whether to amend the state's constitution to legalize casinos.
Supporters say casinos would generate much-needed revenue for the state as lawmakers grapple with budget cuts.