It's not just movies that lie at the root of our fascination with casinos. For some of us, it's the promise of striking it rich with that one lucky poker hand or dice roll. And as a matter of fact, in neurological terms, gambling is its own sort of drug.
I understand that good people can make bad decisions and do bad things. What I have a difficult time understanding, however, is the vastly different reactions from friends and associates to my felony versus my whistleblowing.
Efforts to oppose the personal and social ills of gambling by a broad range of religious groups, from Southern Baptists to United Methodists, have not been in vain, according to a developing body of research.
Allen Iverson unraveled last week. His wife filed for divorce, the 76ers relieved him of his duties, his drinking problem was exposed, and like others -- like me -- gambling claimed his soul. But this isn't just last week's news; it's an opportunity.