Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Baltimore Church Partners with Casino

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The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore has been lauded as a job-creator for the city; it reportedly will create 1,700 jobs when it opens later this summer. Even better, the company has committed to hiring locally for many of those positions.

In order to find those future employees, Horseshoe has been traveling to various corners of the city, informing residents about the casino and potential positions there. That’s what brought them to Upton’s Union Baptist Church yesterday.

The idea of a casino recruiting in a church may seem odd. Luckily, the Bible has no specific rules against gambling. Furthermore, as the Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., told the Baltimore Sun, the need in the community is large: “In this community, the average family income is $13,000 for a family of four…I have people here who are college graduates. I have people who need a first-shot opportunity. These are people who are upstanding citizens. These are people who just need an opportunity.”

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