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GREATER RELIGIOSITY LEADS TO GREATER CHARITABLE GIVING
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:02:39 am »
In any discussion of religious devotion, it is easy to focus on the negative (fanatics who cause harm, etc.). But we should not forget that in many others religious devotion motivates greater acts of loving kindness and charity. 

The Washington Post

Red states give more to charity. Itís because of religion.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/07/red-states-give-more-in-charity-its-because-of-religion/

(I'm posting the link as there are a number of charts)
The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
It is called the Great Mother
because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.
It is like a vapor,
barely seen but always present.
Use it effortlessly.

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Re: GREATER RELIGIOSITY LEADS TO GREATER CHARITABLE GIVING
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 08:46:28 am »
In any discussion of religious devotion, it is easy to focus on the negative (fanatics who cause harm, etc.). But we should not forget that in many others religious devotion motivates greater acts of loving kindness and charity. 

The Washington Post

Red states give more to charity. Itís because of religion.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/07/red-states-give-more-in-charity-its-because-of-religion/

(I'm posting the link as there are a number of charts)
Well, that is interesting. 

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Re: GREATER RELIGIOSITY LEADS TO GREATER CHARITABLE GIVING
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2014, 05:19:59 am »
Yeah, don't believe the hype. What the Washington Post conveniently leaves out is that those rich donors mostly donate to churches. Churches that those rich republicans either flatout own or have a lot of pull in. Which causes the money to stay in the vicinity of the church, and is used for very little actual charity work. As most of it is used to fuel the fancy lives of their well paid preachers.

Now keep in mind that churches, among other religious establishments like synagogues and mosques, are considered to be charity to the IRS. Meaning that those rich donors get that money right back if they write it off for tax season as a "charity deduction". Their preachers get to keep their ritzy lifestyles, the rich donors look good to the congregation, and they do so while they break even. They're not being NEARLY as benevolent and as sacrificing as the Washington Post tries to imply. But then again, it's the Post. Which has always been right leaning.

http://americablog.com/2014/10/red-states-give-churches-charities.html
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Re: GREATER RELIGIOSITY LEADS TO GREATER CHARITABLE GIVING
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 08:20:43 am »
Yeah, don't believe the hype. What the Washington Post conveniently leaves out is that those rich donors mostly donate to churches. Churches that those rich republicans either flatout own or have a lot of pull in. Which causes the money to stay in the vicinity of the church, and is used for very little actual charity work. As most of it is used to fuel the fancy lives of their well paid preachers.

Now keep in mind that churches, among other religious establishments like synagogues and mosques, are considered to be charity to the IRS. Meaning that those rich donors get that money right back if they write it off for tax season as a "charity deduction". Their preachers get to keep their ritzy lifestyles, the rich donors look good to the congregation, and they do so while they break even. They're not being NEARLY as benevolent and as sacrificing as the Washington Post tries to imply. But then again, it's the Post. Which has always been right leaning.

http://americablog.com/2014/10/red-states-give-churches-charities.html




True.