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I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed the proliferation of adverts encouraging us to enjoy the dubious merits of online gambling. Having received my religious formation from within the Methodist tradition, where all forms of gambling were strictly prohibited, I know that I am bound to have a very jaundiced view of the merits of this practice. I am not naïve enough to believe that we should seek to ban gambling. Nor am I a complete religious puritan or killjoy who would want to wag a reproving finger at those who indulge. What I am concerned with, however, is the way in which many of the recent adverts for online gambling seek to portray it as a glamorous, non problematic practice without consequences. I know that millions gamble and do so safely and responsibly as suggested by the adverts. The adverts are very specious as they portray online gambling as a sexy, lifestyle choice of the comfortably off, middle class.