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WV Methodists Against Gambling Expansion

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

West Virginia's largest Christian denomination is joining opponents of casino style table games.

The West Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference wrapped up its session in Buckhannon yesterday with a resolution urging the defeat of table games in Hancock and Kanawha counties.

Religious opponents of table games warn that gambling is potentially addictive and can be especially harmful to families.

Church groups have mobilized against table games in the four counties with racetracks. But the United Methodists have an unmatched statewide reach, with more than 1200 churches.

Voters in Jefferson County rejected table games Saturday while those in Ohio County approved them. Opponents promise to begin airing radio and TV ads in Kanawha and Hancock counties as early as this week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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