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As seven web shops await Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett's decision on whether to extend a conservatory order that prevents police from shutting down their gaming operations, another web shop is seeking similar protection. Attorney Derek Ryan, who represents Bahama Dreams, said the web...
Members of the Save Our Bahamas Committee yesterday called the Vote Yes Committee's promise of a public share offering if web shop gaming is legalized a "shameless ploy designed to buy votes".
Web shop owners are not in a war with local churches and do not intend to fight them in the lead-up to the gambling referendum expected by year's end, said Sebas Bastian, the spokesman for the "We Care Coalition".
"In any talks with the church that we may have had or tried to have, it was only to form a working relationship should the business become legal," said Bastian, owner of Island Luck.
"Together we can work and deal with any kind of social issues. It's not in any way to gain the support of the church. The church is the church and should be the church.
"We shouldn't expect them to campaign with us, agree with us, or whatever."
Bastian said yesterday that the coalition of web shop owners respects the right of the church to its position, as well as the right of all Bahamians to their views on gambling.
"It's a democratic country," he noted. "People have their freedom to speak and 'We Care' has utmost respect for religious leaders."
Bastian added, "We may be on two opposing beliefs on the issue, but in the end we share the same value. I might say let's legalize it to help others. They are saying let's not legalize it to help others. But in the end we're both trying to help and that's the way it should be perceived."
Bastian said the referendum will not be a vote for the web shops, the church or any political party.
"It's a vote for a Bahamian citizen to express his democratic right to choose what he or she wants to do in their country," he said.
"So you're not supporting anyone by voting or not voting. You're only supporting yourself. I'm pretty sure that if a government disrupts a country to deal with an issue of such great debate, they have a plan in place that will be entirely to benefit the country at large."
Bastian said We Care has not yet seen the plan. He also said the country appears to be wasting too much time on the gambling issue when there are more critical issues that need to be addressed.
"I would rather the [members of the] public spend a lot of time trying to be their brother's keeper, and let's go out there and try to help a lot of these inner city kids get back to school and focus on more important things," he said.
Bastian said it is important that Bahamians be educated on the importance of moderation -- and not just as it relates to numbers.
He said the coalition intends to stay in the background during the gambling debate, although it plans to release information from time to time.
"We are not going to campaign for a vote because a vote in the upcoming referendum is not a vote for We Care," Bastian stressed. "It's a vote for your democratic right to choose."
Asked about the $1.5 million the coalition has committed to education and community initiatives, he said web shops have long been quietly supporting various national development programs and will continue to do so.
The government has not yet provided details on how a legalized numbers industry would work.
Prime Minister Perry Christie has said that if Bahamians vote against legalizing gambling, the government would strictly enforce the law.
According to Bastian, web shops employ approximately 3,000 Bahamians.
Pastors of the Save Our Bahamas Vote No campaign last night called on the government to stick to its promise and shut down web shops in The Bahamas in the face of yesterday's overwhelming 'no' vote.
"The commissioner of police said he has a contingency plan," said Christian Council President Ranford Patterson.
"We expect that contingency plan to be enacted, not tomorrow -- tonight. We expect the police and government to do what they say they were going to do."
Prime Minister Perry Christie said last week though, that if there is a low voter turnout the government would make the final decision on the referendum on web shop gambling and a national lottery.
He also said the vote would be non-binding.
Patterson, along with other members of the Save Our Bahamas campaign, celebrated at Grace Community Church last night.
Patterson said he thinks Christie will shut down web shops.
"The prime minster is on record as saying what he will do and so I have no fear as to what will happen," he said.
"The Bahamian people have spoken.I have no fear. I believe the prime minister when he said that he's going to use the resources of our government to enforce the laws and so I expect it to happen."
Christie has said if there is a no vote he would shut down the web shops.
The Save Our Bahamas group has held events throughout the run up to yesterday's referendum, many of which saw low turnout compared to the Vote Yes campaign.
Spokesman for the Vote No campaign, Pastor Lyall Bethel, said the government should respect the voice of the people.
"I think we need to start being treated with a little more respect because I think the people have spoken; the government should hear, they can trust the church on this issue," he said.
The fate of web shop workers remained unclear late last night. Reportedly, 3,000 people work in the industry.
Bethel said he thinks that figure of 3,000 jobs, which was advertised by the prime minister and the Vote Yes campaign, was inflated.
"It started off at 3,000 and then it went to 4,000," he said.
"Well how did it get to be 4,000 all of a sudden? We felt they were inflating figures all along.
"Nonetheless there are people who are going to find themselves out of a job in the near future.
"We're sympathetic too that we want to work with the government in some way to be able to help but ultimately the government provides jobs, not the church. The church looks after souls."
Bethel and Patterson also agreed that Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee of Calvary Baptist Church and Bishop Simeon Hall of New Covenant Baptist Church, who were in support of a yes vote, will always be welcomed back to the fold.
"We have no problem with them," Patterson said.
"Brother Mario Moxey said it well; the church is a big tent and we all make decisions sometimes that are not in the best interest of ourselves or of the organization of which we are a part.
"So all we are saying to our brothers is, you made the wrong decision, but it's not too late to regroup and to organize and be a part of the fellowship again. We've never dismissed them, we've never put them out of fellowship.They will always be our brothers and so we have no problems with them."
Gaming Board Chairman Dr. Andre Rollins said yesterday that if Bahamians vote yes in the January 28 gambling referendum, the government should tax web shops far more than hotel-based casinos because they contribute far less to the economy.
Gaming Board Chairman Dr. Andre Rollins said he does not know if the practice of web shops using lucky numbers from American lotteries is illegal.
More than five months after a gambling referendum failed, the substantive case on the matter has yet to be heard in the Supreme Court.
That trial is expected to determine whether web shops will be permitted to continue their gambling operations.
Attorney Wayne Munroe, who represents a group of web shops owners, said yesterday the Office of the Attorney General has yet to file a defense to his clients' statement of claim...
Attorney's representing the government will argue before the chief justice that if a permanent injunction is granted to web shops it would interfere with the Royal Bahamas Police Force's enforcement of the law and the public interest would suffer "irreparable harm".
The injunction preventing law enforcement officers taking action against web shop gaming operators still stands after the government’s application to have the injunction lifted was delayed by three weeks. In yesterday’s proceedings before Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett which saw no legal...