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‘Churches play Bingo so why restrict gambling?' – Edmund G. Maduro

February 27th, 2015 | Tags: Edmund G. Maduro gambling casino churches EGM show
Radio talk show host Edmund G. Maduro wants the VI to relax its restrictions on gambling. Photo: Internet source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host and social and political commentator Edmund G. Maduro believes it is time to relax the restrictions on gambling and money games so that the Territory can benefit from the income generated.

Mr Maduro was speaking on his EGM show last evening Thursday February 26, 2015 on ZROD 103.7 FM which started at 8:00 PM.

He suggested too that betting should be allowed at horse races with a view to increasing the turnout and hence the income generated from the activity.

“Despite about what they say about the Christians say this and the Christians say that, I don’t see any part of the Bible that speaks out [against] this. I have known Bingo to be played in the churches and that’s a money game,” he said.

“I am also of the strong opinion that it is time for the BVI to own its own lottery ticket system. We need to do that because that in itself again would stop a lot of money from going out to Puerto Rico and to St Thomas. And that money could be used for many, many good reasons, even to help complete the hospital and make medical care more available,” he said.

“I believe it is time we stop the nonsense in saying that a cruise ship cannot stay in the waters because they might have a casino on board. A cruise ship is a piece of foreign land. When Immigration and Customs allow them to come in here it is still foreign land, but they are permitted to stay here. We don’t have to allow our people to go on the cruise ship to gamble. But if [the cruise passengers] gambling on the ship in the waters what sin is it?” he asked.

“What does it do against us? It is nothing but downright stupid illiteracy and ignorance. It is about time we allow the ships to stay here because when you do some of the [guests] might be able to stay overnight and when that happens our boys with the restaurants and bars would be able to make an extra dollar to feed their children and enjoy a better life,” he said.

18 Responses to “‘Churches play Bingo so why restrict gambling?' – Edmund G. Maduro”

  • 007 (27/02/2015, 09:10) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    The church is one big scam. They rely on their sheep gambling on there being an afterlife and paying out monies to keep the church elite in their high standard of living.
    • Basics (27/02/2015, 13:46) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, AND AFTER DEATH THE JUDGEMENT. LIFE IS NO GAMBLE MY FRIEND, IF YOU WANT TO GAMBLE YOURS GO RIGHT AHEAD SEE WHERE YOU END UP. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE EVEN IF WHEN THE END COMES THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE. BUT IF WHEN IT DO COMES THERE IS ONE (I KNOW FOR SURE THERE IS) WHAT THEN WILL BE YOUR PLIGHT, TOO LATE, TOO LATE SHALL BE YOUR CRY. HE WHO LAUGH LAST LAUGH BEST.
      • 007 (27/02/2015, 15:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        How do you know for sure? You mean your imagination has taken over your reality.
        • Basics (28/02/2015, 18:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          BECAUSE JESUS LIVES WE SHALL LIVE ALSO. I HAVE THAT SURETY BECAUSE HE SAID IT AND I BELIEVE BY FAITH NOT IMAGINATION. THE REALITY IS, AS DEATH IS CERTAIN LIFE AFTER DEATH IS CERTAIN ALSO. DO YOU NOT KNOW KNOW THAT FOR A SEED TO GROW IT MUST FIRST DIE, THE TREE THAT SPRINGS FROM IT COMES ABOUT AFTER THE SEEDS DEATH.
  • ok (27/02/2015, 11:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the first sensible thing this man has said in years. Is this a sign of things to come?
  • the way I see it (27/02/2015, 12:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep in mind that I am not taking sides.... To me the game BINGO is the same as SNAKES AND LADDERS, LUDO, ETC... the church playing bingo is not a problem.... Risking something to win something or something more is Gambling....
    • What? (27/02/2015, 17:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you play snakes and ladders for money it's gambling. Once you win something of value by placing money for a chance to play, it is gambling. Bingo isn't free, you pay to play and when you win, you either win cash or something of cash value, it is gambling. You pay to play to win. If you 'risk' your $5 on a bingo card to 'win' a microwave worth $100.00, that's gambling because you have wagered and have a chance to 'win' or 'lose' money or monetary value.
  • JUSTMY2CENTS (27/02/2015, 12:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Where there's no Vision, the people perish"...Proverbs 9.18. "My people are Destroyed from lack of knowledge"; Hosea 4.6

    Edmund Maduro has my overwhelming support on this one. For quite some time, I have been baffled over our lack of vision/action in dealing with the gambling and lottery situation in the Virgin Islands. We have chosen not to engage in the act of gambling/lottery while our next door neighbors of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas..and now the Dominican Republic (by way its National and Pala Lotteries) are taking full advantage of the situation.
    While gambling (of any sort) is illegal here in the Virgins, Uk, we no doubt, turn a Blind Eye to the practice.

    The Puerto Rico Lottery actually had its beginning as far back as 1934 and is operated by the Government, by way of the Department of the Treasury. The US Virgins Lottery had its beginning only a few years later, in 1937. Among the many benefits it provides are: (1) Contributions to Government's Treasury - (2) The Education Initiative Program (schools etc) and (3) Pharmaceutical Assistance Program....(helps with the purchasing of medication for senior citizens).

    Other Caribbean islands engaged in Lotterys/Games? Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Martin.

    Since its beginning in 1985, the California Lottery (crated especially as a funding source for Education), has contributed something like $28-Billion to education, with $5-Billion raised in 2013 alone.

    The simple fact is that gambling (of one sort or another), has been around for many, many years and will continue to be so; the reasons being mostly due to monetary shortfalls by governments, Unlivable Minimum Wages and the unusually High Cost of Living and an increasing Tax burden.

    So what are we going to do BVI?....Continue to slumber?

    If we are talking about what is sinful, Jesus Christ himself referring to the question of Sin, said: "He who is without sin, let him/her cast the first stone".

    It would be interesting to at least have an idea of how much money from Lottery Ticket sales go to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. The Dominican Republic is also becoming an equal player in the field. Why?..because it is Profitable....and hopefully Sinless..Ouch..!.


  • weed (27/02/2015, 12:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is right
  • zoe (27/02/2015, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell um boss a set of hypocritcs
  • concern 1 (27/02/2015, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Christian yes or not it ain't gonna stop me for gambling and playing the lottery,etc as if I win the church gonna get 1 tenth of my winning so you see the church will benefit too.I can't and won't forget God so Satan gonna still lose
  • Hally Lu Jah (27/02/2015, 17:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just like the politicians are so full of hypocrisy, the pastors are just as bad and in some events worst. No wonder they want to be in the forefront of politics. They cheat on their wives with those that go crying for help praying on their victims while they are weak and vulnerable. Additionally, they gamble. Yes they bet in their churches, and get away with it under the non profit organization law and they steal. I consider them as the biggest white collar thieves in the business and at the end they ask for forgiveness.

    Hope they all ROT in hell.

    Politician playing Pastor and Pastor playing politician.

    Damn hypocrites!!!
    • Concerned (28/02/2015, 04:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Having read the above article and the comments it is obvious that the writer of the article has no experiential knowledge or relationship with the Almighty God to even suggest that the legalization of gambling will be beneficial to this Territory also those who tends to agree with such folly. it must be said that because other countries SEEMS to be profiting from this practice we should follow suit.Let us as a nation equally take a look at the statistics where crime is concerned.Do we really think that by opening this door things will be better.We always tend to blame the Government If not V I P we blame the N D P BUT PLEASE LET US ALL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT 2 CHRONICLES 7:14 IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME SHALL HUMBLE THEMSEVES AND PRAY..AND SEEK MY FACE...AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS...THEN...I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN ...AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN...AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND. IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO GOD WHO IS THE SUPPLIER OF ALL OUR NEEDS. WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH AND HOSEA 4:6 SAYS MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE..WHICH IS THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING
  • Amen (27/02/2015, 19:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I going church tonight
  • wize up (27/02/2015, 20:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    well done maduro;
  • Concerned (28/02/2015, 04:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    READING THIS ARTICLE SHOWS HOW FAR WE AS A PEOPLE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM THE VERY SOURCE OF OUR EXISTENCE THE ALMIGHTY GOD. IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR GOD? YET WE HAVE BECOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN OUR TRUE IDENTITY. PLEASE PERMIT ME TO REMIND YOU OF 2 CHRONICLES 7:14. IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME..... SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY....AND SEEK MY FACE....AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS...THEN...WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN...AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN...AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.
    REPENTANCE RECEEDS BLESSINGS....IF THERE MUST BE CHANGE ...WE MUST FIRST REPENT...THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

  • Really (28/02/2015, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The churches get permission for bingo nights. permission must be sought from Governor.
  • Dummy (28/02/2015, 16:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The fact is that everyday lottery tickets are sold openly on the streets of the bvi. Card games for money, using bottle caps as chips, are in many bars. Pool games are played for drinks or cash. Dogs and cocks are used for fights with high stakes. Betting takes part at the horse track,even if its side bets. Scooters race for money. Gambling is all over in church and out of church so it is dumb not the organise it and let the money stay in the bvi.


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