The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Local police shut down crime ring.

Boy, was Violet Fojut, 88, distressed when she heard the news: The bingo game that's been the mainstay of the Cream City Cafeteria at Southridge Mall in Greendale was busted.

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For the price of the $6.95 early bird special, diners - almost all senior citizens - also got seven bingo cards on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Grab a prize wrapped in white tissue - maybe a tea towel set, some costume jewelry or a set of candles if you're the first to cover a row with plastic red, yellow, green or blue chips.

On first glance, this is just ordinary nanny-state garbage. Gambling, after all, would surely corrupt these old-timers and send them spiraling into a [short] life of crime. But what's really disgusting about the story is this:

It turns out that local churches had a beef with the practice and snitched to the state Department of Administration's gaming division. Churches, as non-profit organizations, can run bingo games if they get a license and follow the rules.

Boston Store, a for-profit business, would never be eligible for a license, Dams said.

When are we going to scrap this delusion that churches are non-profit organizations?* Have these people never seen a church? Find me the most decadent and extravagant building in your neighborhood and I'll betcha it's a church. And if churches aren't out to make money, why was it the local churches that snitched on their bingo games' competition?

*I realize that churches meet the legal definition of "non-profit." I think this is proof that we need to change that definition.

3 Comments:

  • I don't see anything on their website that indicates you must be non-profit - http://www.doa.state.wi.us/pagesubtext_detail.asp?linksubcatid=59&linkcatid=56&linkid=

    I think this is a good thing actually. It brings more exposure to how ridiculous our laws have gotten regarding gambling.

    By Blogger Nick, at 10:44 AM  

  • And if churches aren't out to make money, why was it the local churches that snitched on their bingo games' competition?

    Great point.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:51 AM  

  • "And if churches aren't out to make money, why was it the local churches that snitched on their bingo games' competition?"

    The local churches are obviously concerned about the souls of these sinful gamblers. Gambling is a sin unless you do it at church... or something like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:13 PM  

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