Religious conservatives are greedy, selfish bastards!

Oh, wait:

Study: Red states more charitable

Red states give more money to charity than blue states, according to a new study on Monday.

The eight states with residents who gave the highest share of their income to charity supported Sen. John McCain in 2008, while the seven states with the least generous residents went for President Barack Obama, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found in its new survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.

The eight states whose residents gave the highest share of their income — Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia — all backed McCain in 2008. Utah leads charitable giving, with 10.6 percent of income given.

And the least generous states — Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire — were Obama supporters in the last presidential race. New Hampshire residents gave the least share of their income, the Chronicle stated, with 2.5 percent.

“The reasons for the discrepancies among states, cities, neighborhoods are rooted in part in each area’s political philosophy about the role of government versus charity,” the study’s authors noted.

But it’s not just about politics — “religion has a big influence on giving patterns.”

“Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not. Two of the top nine states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormon residents, who have a tradition of tithing at least 10 percent of their income to the church,” the study states. “The remaining states in the top nine are all in the Bible Belt.”

Yeah, conservatives might donate more than progressives do, but they only do it so they can pay less taxes.

Look! Over there! The Republicans are skinny-dipping!


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18 Responses to Religious conservatives are greedy, selfish bastards!

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Especially those evil, evil southern people in those states that give money. It’s because they’re evil. Or something. Shut up.

  2. tommy says:

    Here, I’d credit the repubs. They do have a strong sense of charity, even the poor repubs. And yes, there are poor repubs. A prog needs to be mega rich to help out (cue in Gates and Warren).

  3. darraghcmurphy says:

    Yikes! We new englanders are stingy! All 6 new England states in the top 7. I’m surprised.

  4. freespirit says:

    As a Southerner from one of the most generous – yet poorest states, I tend to agree with the author’s assessment that religion is a strong motivating factor – even for those of us who no longer feel drawn to organized religion.

    There’s another component, IMO, as well – sometimes, though not always, rooted in religious teaching. Maybe it’s not a uniquely Southern thing, but most Southerners I know see self-indulgence as a character flaw. Living modestly, within one’s means, and without the requirement for a lot of life’s luxuries were certainly values preached in my childhood home. When you live within your means, and work as hard as humanly possible, as most of the Southerners of my childhood seemed to do, there was always a little to share with someone “less fortunate.”

    Yeah, there was some religious influence, but, I knew a whole lot of people who considered religion, and Sunday Morning preaching to be just a waste of time. But, to them, character and reputation meant everything – it was your biggest asset. Having good character meant that you did what you could to help others.

  5. tommy says:

    According to hotair, Richard Grenell (a senior GOP gay conservative) is saying that Akin is gonna step down tomorrow. If true, good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • PiperMN says:

      Thank goodness – the stink of his statement would have been a major detraction for R/R and we can’t afford to keep the current ‘won’ for another 4 years.

  6. Karma says:

    Not that anyone here believed the claims but Ed Klein has been answered. 😆

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Awww, Phyllis Diller died.

    She was the most famous person I ever met. She gave me an autographed picture. I met her at the county fair.

    She was 95

  8. Maybe people in red states are more likely to cheat on their taxes.

  9. don’t see anyone talking about the skinny dippers except the breathless MSNBC. Just as I thought—–no one gives a rip

    • Karma says:

      Yup, NBC/Today Show did a segment on it with their serious face this morning. Of course, that was after Chuck Todd fought to contain his smiles during the introduction to his Rep Akin segment.

      They couldn’t be more thrilled to be faux concerned about Republicans having religious respect towards Israel and women.

      Of course, it’s only important as long as Obama or the Dems aren’t involved/attacking.

  10. votermom says:

    The math tells me that states with poorer populations overall would of course have a greater percentage of any kind of spending – including charitable giving. The denominator is smaller.

  11. DailyPUMA says:

    This is a confusing stat to say the least. 6 of the 8 McCain voting states also are likely tornado, flood and hurricane states. Local catastrophes can mobilize a local community to make donations.

    I’m curious if the donation percentage naturally rises as income drops, to a point of course. A millionaire may make a 20,000 dollar donation, equaling 2% of their income, a blue collar family may donate 2,000 dollars on 40,000 dollars of income, equaling 5% of their overall income.

    When I watch sports championship celebrations in towns where the celebrating turns to rioting and looting, I sometimes say to myself, I bet not one of those people doing the rioting or looting voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 democrat primaries.

  12. gxm17 says:

    Sorry but I don’t consider a religious tithe to be “charity.” IMO, it’s membership dues. I’m not agin ’em but they aren’t true charity. It’s also been shown that poor people are more charitable than rich people, which makes me wonder where those states stand in terms of poverty and wealth.

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