New findings illuminate the connection between generosity, faith, and politics
—By Suzanne Lindgren, Utne.com
December 21, 2006 Issue
As people on all sides of the political spectrum scramble to make their end-of-year donations, liberals may be inspired to give more than ever this year -- in an effort to clear their good name. The progressive reputation for compassion is tarnished in the new book, Who Really Cares: America's Charity Divide: Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters, in which Arthur C. Brooks mines the data to conclude that religious affiliation plays a big part in how much we give. Of course, since religion and political conservatism often go hand in hand, liberals are left looking a little tight-fisted, writes Ben Gose for the Chronicle of Philanthropy."