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The Most Generous States In The US (Graph)

Nine out of the 10 states where residents give the highest percent of their income to charity went to Romney last year.

Red states give more than Blue states.

by Anonymousreply 1508/20/2013

Only because they count church tithing as "charity" when it is not.

by Anonymousreply 108/19/2013

exactly- take away the money they give to joel osteen so he can buy a new 10 million dollar mansion, and i bet you ANY amount of money blue states give more to actual charities, like the ones that are trying to cure cancer and shit.

by Anonymousreply 208/19/2013

[quote]Only because they count church tithing as "charity" when it is not.

Why not?

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2013

Utah shouldn't be included.

by Anonymousreply 408/19/2013

Churches are not charities, R3. They are religious institutions.

Did they really use tithing as descriptions of charity or is someone just guessing that? I admit it flummoxes me that Repubs give more than Democrats, as it goes against the very nature of "what's mine is mine" Republicans and "help your fellow man" Democrats.

by Anonymousreply 508/19/2013

r5, you can write off tithing on taxes as charitable giving, so of course it was used in these calculations. why do you think utah has the highest per capita giving? because if you don't tithe your 10% (plus), you are kicked out of the church and everyone you've ever known is told to cut ties with you. they don't fuck around about the tithing, those mormons.

by Anonymousreply 608/19/2013

The red state numbers are obviously church contributions. No, they don't count.

There is one point in favor of higher red state giving. Since those of us in the blue states contribute so much more to the country in taxes, our tax dollars get sent to the red states. They're not paying for their own government services so they have money to give to their churches.

by Anonymousreply 708/19/2013

Finally, South Carolina has something it can be proud of.

by Anonymousreply 808/19/2013

The issue isn't whether church charities should or shouldn't be counted (although that's a question worth asking).

The issue is explaining why blue states would appear more "generous" than red states.

The explanation is that blue states are more religious.

by Anonymousreply 908/19/2013

They do count R7, you have misread the study. I might add that they expect something in return for tithing too. This isn't CHARITY in any meaningful sense of the term. Religions don't do real charity, particularly not the Mormons.

by Anonymousreply 1008/20/2013

I'll count their church contributions when they count the money I give strippers to entertain me. It's the same thing. Money in a collection envelope=money stuffed down a jock strap.

by Anonymousreply 1108/20/2013

Charity shouldn't count paying the rent, decorations, and paychecks of the staff at the place you hang out on Sunday.

by Anonymousreply 1208/20/2013

The Mormon Church gets 10% of each Mormon's income. That counts in these calculations. Some of that money goes to people in need. Most of it goes to fund their recruiting missions and to pad their coffers. They have massive amounts of wealth.

by Anonymousreply 1308/20/2013

Bet that's the first time that "Alabama" and "generous" have been used in the same sentence.

by Anonymousreply 1408/20/2013

The "people in need" are required to peform services to get that money. It is not "Charity" even in its charitable component.

by Anonymousreply 1508/20/2013
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