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Anti-casino clergy to use pulpit

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Area clergy will be speaking against legalized casino gambling both from the pulpit this weekend and during an anti-casino rally Nov. 5.

The Clergy Association of Greater St. Petersburg is encouraging clergy to discuss the gambling issue with their congregations during services this weekend. At its October meeting, the association voted to oppose legalized casino gambling in Florida, citing questionable economic benefits and the potential for corruption.

Association president Rabbi Stephen F. Moch of Temple Beth-El asked religious leaders to raise the issue with their congregations this weekend.

On Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N, will hold an anti-casino rally. The Rev. James R. Maxfield, district superintendent for the St. Petersburg District of the United Methodist Church, will speak.

The district includes 47 churches in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The rally also will include skits, music and testimonials, said the Rev. Bert Blomquist, rally organizer at Christ United Methodist Church.

For information about the rally, call the church at 822-3343.

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