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The Limits and Morality of Casino Odds

It might be a bit morbid to discuss the fate of the faithful in gambling terms, but our world has been full of events recently that online casino companies would be fools not to offer odds on, and that online gamblers would be fools not to demand. From Iranian nuclear ambitions to the case of a Christian convert in Afghanistan, and indeed many more events of modern historical significance whose outcomes are undeterminable, online casino companies are not lacking in their choices of odds to offer at online casinos that have little to do with sports or entertainment.

However, it is also the case that online casino companies not offering odds on such events as the recent ordeal of Abdul Rahman, a convert to Christianity from Islam sixteen years ago, is perfectly acceptable and in fact is preferable to the morbid speculation on a man’s life. This isn’t like offering odds on when and if Osama bin Laden will be captured or killed. This isn’t odds on when the U.S. or Israel will launch air strikes on Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from getting nuclear weapons. A human life is under discussion when such odds are offered.

And the thing is, we should never play games with the life of another human being, at least not when it comes to whether or not they will be executed by an intolerant government because of their religious convictions. There are limits to the odds an online casino should offer, and while it might be worthwhile to offer odds on a case like Afghanistan’s Abdul Rahman in order to bring attention to the issue, we would be wise to remember that just as we wouldn’t like odds offered on the chances of us becoming martyrs for Judaism or Christianity, or Islam for that matter, we shouldn’t see them offered on a man like Abdul Rahman either.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.