Wednesday, December 24, 2008

charity begins at the gay religious liberal home

In the middle of a feel-bad editorial in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof Bleeding Heart Tightwads, December 20, 2008 about how liberals don't give as much money to charity as conservatives, Kristof shares these three paragraphs that made me feel a lot better.
Looking away from politics, there’s evidence that one of the most generous groups in America is gays. Researchers believe that is because they are less likely to have rapacious heirs pushing to keep wealth in the family.)

When liberals see the data on giving, they tend to protest that conservatives look good only because they shower dollars on churches — that a fair amount of that money isn’t helping the poor, but simply constructing lavish spires.

It’s true that religion is the essential reason conservatives give more, and religious liberals are as generous as religious conservatives. Among the stingiest of the stingy are secular conservatives.

As a childless, gay, religious liberal I'm quite happy with my level of giving. And quite happy with the level of giving in my mostly-straight church, as well. God bless 'em

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