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Miss. Journalists Duke it out on Gambling Votes
The editor of the official newspaper of the Mississippi Baptist
Convention Board is blasting a columnist for a recent article
regarding the voting record of Baptist lawmakers on the issue of
In an opinion piece last week in the Jackson, Mississippi, daily
paper The Clarion-Ledger, Sid Salter examined how Southern
Baptist lawmakers in the state capital have voted on the gambling issue.
Salter wrote that while many Southern Baptists oppose a move by gaming
interests to move casinos inland in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the
Baptist majority that dominated the state legislature in 1990 — when
gaming was legalized in the Magnolia State — did not oppose the move.
Slater claims that for Baptists in the state to oppose legislation
that would allow casinos to rebuild further inland now is akin to "a
church fighting to stop a grocery store destroyed by a tornado from
rebuilding because it sells beer."
But William Perkins, editor of The Baptist Record, says the
vote 15 years ago to legalize gambling has no bearing on the current
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