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Religious Organization Opposes Casino Gambling

Dear Source: One Voice is a grass roots organization whose purpose is to galvanize both the Faith-Based Community and others in the U.S. Virgin Islands to come together in unity to promote integrity in government, and Godly family values. It also represents the overall sentiments of the USVI clergymen and parishioners when it comes to matters and issues that negatively affect this jurisdiction. In reference to the proposed amendment to Bill #31-0287 being sponsored by Senator Rocky Liburd, we issue this statement in strong opposition to the introduction of regulated casino gaming in the district of St. Thomas and St. John. In view of the recent increase in criminal homicides, the high rate of unemployment among our young people, and the recent expose on gambling addiction by some of our former public officials, the attempt to special order this legislation without public hearing is an affront to the principle of democratic participation by its citizens. We are acutely aware of the presence of gaming in the territory, the negative impact of it in our community, and the empty promises of those who promote it. We have previously voiced our opposition to this matter and here and now raise our opposition once again. One Voice stands in solidarity with the St. Thomas/St. John Christian Council of Churches, St. Thomas-St. John Fellowship of Ministers, and other members of the community, as we have remained steadfast in total opposition to casino gaming. Apostle Alger B. Warren, President of One Voice VI

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