The gambling industry is up in arms about the Gillard government's proposed poker machine reforms; of course they are. Clubs NSW is leading the charge; understandable. But what about the Catholic clubs?
Am I the only one who is appalled that these clubs, founded on Catholic ideals, are actively supporting a campaign that portays its opponents as un-Australian? That places the blame for gambling problems squarely on the shoulders of poker machine addicts and absolves the industry? That plays politics with people's lives?
Or for these clubs, is the word "Catholic" simply a remnant of a bygone time... a reminder of where they came from, but by no means an indicator of where they're heading?
For me, it's troubling on a personal level. Regardless of what I am now, I was born and raised Catholic. I went through the Catholic school system, participated in Catholic youth groups, heck I was even a lay minister for a while. I understand Catholicism.
But I don't understand this.
There's a famous story from the Gospels, about how Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple. I think these clubs have it the wrong way around.
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