Religious People Are More Charitable

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200612/CUL20061219a.html

    Religious People Are More Charitable, Says Expert

    By Monisha Bansal
    CNSNews.com Staff Writer
    December 19, 2006


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    (CNSNews.com) - Faith "swamps" all other factors when it comes to which Americans give to charity and which don't, an economics professor said Monday.

    "People give because of their values," Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University said during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

    Brooks' research has found that more than 90 percent of those who regularly attend a house of worship -- regardless of religion -- give to charity. Among secular Americans, the number falls to about 66 percent. Religious people also give more -- an average of $2,210 annually as opposed to $642, he said.

    "About 25 percent of Americans do nothing," Brooks stated.

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    But Brooks also found that "charity follows political lines in this country," with conservatives more generous in their charitable giving than liberals -- a factor he linked to the idea that more conservatives tend to be religious, rather than to political ideology.
     
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    Repub's out give Dem's 3 to 1.
     
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    They give more because they have more.
     
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    I think I read that the Democrat party has far more wealth and wealthy people and gives far less that their counterparts in the Republican party.
     
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    Bill Gates has given a lot but from what I see he is not a Christian.
     
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    Not bad bro'!

    God bless

    Wayne

     
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    I would like to know if this study considers giving to a house of worship to be charitable giving.

    If that's the case--of course religious people give more!
     
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    If you exclude the top 2% of the richest democrats . . . . you might be onto something.

    But, that 2% has outgiven republican political action committees heavily in order to influence the vote . . .

    The kenedies of this world, would rather spend my tax money than to give to charity (or so it seems).

    If you and I were that rich - many problems of the world would be over tomorrow . . . I think.
     
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    Be honest Wayne, I don't think I'd want the responsibility. The Lord has given me a few things to be faithful with and that's a headache. If he made me ruler of many, I'd have to set up foundations and trust etc... Every non-profit org calling me for dollars. I don't think so.
     
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    That is the truth . . .

    But, you still know that we would be less greedy with that money . . .

    . . . God gave it to them, and they are not being godly stewards.

     
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    I agree, I knew what you meant but I believe the Lord knows money is not what I need. He supplies my needs and has equipped me with his word. Anymore than that and I'd feel like I had a job... :)
     

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