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“… hous[ing] the homeless and meet[ing] missionaries’ needs [a]ren’t ‘religious’ purposes.”
[Exactly. Housing the homeless and meeting missionaries’ needs are taxpayers’ responsibilities — as long as those “missionaries” aren’t Christians , of course. ]
“The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage… and not at all focused on issues of poverty.”
“The single biggest predictor of someone’s altruism… is atheism.”
Two atheistic arguments for altruism are circular and a third is true only if altruism is dirt cheap.
Materialism’s Unsolved Mystery: The Question of Altruism
“… the single biggest predictor of whether someone will be charitable is their religious participation. Religious people are more likely to give to charity, and when they give, they give more money: four times as much. Actually, the truth is that they’re giving to more than their churches. The religious Americans are more likely to give to every kind of cause and charity, including explicitly non-religious charities.”
Religious people are more generous than non-believers when it comes to giving to charity
Poll: Atheists less likely to ‘do good’
Believers give more to secular charities than non-believers do
Bible Belt Residents Most Charitable in Country
Survey: Bible reading tied to financial success
People with daily Scriptures habit have less debt, give more
Religion Makes People Helpful And Generous — Under Certain Conditions
Religious Individuals are More Likely to Volunteer
Religious People Are More Charitable, Says Expert
Which developed country is it, again, that’s the most religious?
Texas Atheist ‘Flabbergasted’ by Outpouring of Christian Charity
“If the average North American congregation were to bill its community for the social services it provides, the tab would run about $184,000 per year.”
LESS THAN ONE-THIRD OF CONGREGATIONS REPORT DECLINE IN GIVING IN FIRST HALF OF 2009
[Hmm, what was it, again, about 2009 that makes that statistic interesting?]
“… people who attend church frequently are less likely to let the economy affect how they give, while those who attend church rarely are likely to slow down giving.“
Conservatives Have Answered Obama’s Call
On the other hand, the data show that liberals need a nudge to give.
Texas movie theaters refuse to show atheist ad
[ASND wonders, as always, why? Those same theaters have run numerous overtly atheistic and anti-Christian movies over the years. Why are brief ads preaching the same sermons such a problem?]
Study: Less religious states give less to charity
Study: Religious — Not Rich — Americans Give Most to Charity
Christians at the Front Lines Helping North Korean Refugees
“8 of the top 10 states in giving are also are in the top 10 of Gallup’s ‘most religious’ states.”
Why This ‘Secret Millionaire’ Went Public
Entrepreneur Dani Johnson on the Bible, giving, and ABC’s new reality show