No matter how we worship, faith calls us to work for justice, serve those in need, pursue peace, and defend the life, dignity and rights of all our sisters and brothers. The Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, comprised of delegates representing member denominations of Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, Universalist Unitarian, BaHai, Unity and Buddhist traditions in Linn County, are united in our opposition to casino gambling in Cedar Rapids.
Some of us oppose gambling on principle. Some accept the gambling that exists: the state-sponsored lottery, non-profit Monte Carlo nights, and church bingo. All of us on the council reject the establishment of a casino. Studies of casinos have shown that they are particularly addictive and result in social problems and increased addiction, health, and criminal activity.
With the gambling vote on March 5, we stand united against a casino and encourage all people of faith to vote “no.” Cedar Rapids must continue to promote the values of education, hard work and dignity of labor and reject the illusion of easy money. Encouraging a “something for nothing” attitude transforms our community from a preserver of its citizens’ well-being to an exploiter of their weaknesses and addictions.
We believe that the establishment of a casino in Linn County is not appropriate and should not be accepted.
Inter-Religious Council of Linn County