Originally created 12/29/96

Disputes interpretation of Madison

In a "play" with words, Tom Roberts (letter, "Denounces video poker's comeback," Dec. 22) twisted the intention of James Madison's statement in New York on Oct. 24, 1787.

The word "when" was intended to mean "if" - therefore I don't believe that James Madison would have anything to say against video poker, but I think he would protest our government's forcing the American people to play the games.

It would appear to me that Mr. Roberts' religious beliefs sway him to dislike video poker. If our government made all of our decisions based on religious belief, there would be no separation of church and state, and therefore no Bill of Rights which Madison fought so diligently for.

George A. Laiacona, Aiken


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