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 EXCERPT (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. SNIP 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.