Gambling and Judas
Some people were a little shocked Wednesday when Councilman Cecil Thomas, during his turn to say what he thought about the proposal to possibly build casinos in Hamilton County if Northern Kentucky builds some, compared the situation to Judas' betrayal of Jesus.
He said he wasn't ready to sell out for "30 pieces of silver." That, the Bible says, is the amount of money for which Judas sold out Jesus.
Obviously, Thomas voted against the proposal to ask the state legislature to put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment to let counties bordering states that enact gaming to have casinos also. Councilman Jeff Berding introduced the idea as a way to let Cincinnati and Hamilton County compete if the Kentucky proposal to put casinos in Northern Kentucky goes through.
After the Bible reference, the measure passed 7-2, with Thomas and Chris Monzel against. Monzel didn't quote the Bible in his reasoning, he just said he thinks the social consequences of gambling are too great.