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article: Cheers and Jeers
Cheers to two Nampa Police Officers for spotting my flat tire while i was driving down Sugar Ave. on Aug. 21st. They rounded up my spare tire which was airless, took it down and got air in it, returned and then put it on my Vehicle. it was a dirty job but they did it with smiling faces. I appreciated it more than they will know. So with all the bad Media attention our Civil Servants have been getting lately i just wanted to give these 2 a shout out for their kindness and steadfast Service to our Community in Nampa.Thanks again fellas!
Yes, I did say charitable causes worldwide. Charitable causes. Response to the Haiti earthquake through charitable organizations is a good example. Not foreign aid, but freely given money and time and goods. I find it peculiar that people look at religious countries having very generous populations and claim that it is a bad thing. Or that the data are incorrect (they MUST be!) or dismiss the data because it is a poll (or a study for that matter). When religious people are generous, it is NOT necessarily because they fear burning forever, but because they are taught to love their fellow man. Period. There is no "or else" implied. That's just a cynical ploy to placate the resentment some haters have towards the religious, so they can feel self-righteous. Jack points out that the most generous states have high religious populations. So what? Religious people are more generous. Not just to their churches (which by the way do a LOT of world-wide charitable work, making that 0.19% number look suspicious, since tithing is not considered giving overseas, but much of the money gets there anyway) but to the red cross, and other organizations. While the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows Northeastern states giving more to the Red Cross than southern states (1.4% vs. 0.9%) the overall giving is larger. Some would say that religion short changes the Red Cross, but I disagree. The Red Cross would have a lot heavier burden if not for the charitable works of churches who help out in places like the afforementioned Haiti. So, in conclusion, we'll have to agree to disagree. The World Giving Index has been around for years, and judging by the many sites I can see, ranging everywhere from the NY Post, to CNN, to the Australian site I referred you to, it must have some credibility. But then, I'm judging my fellow Americans based on my own behavior. I give a lot. Because the more I give to charities I support, the LESS the bureaucrats in DC get to do their dirty work, and I have more say in how my money is used. And I think THAT goes a long way in explaining why red states are more charitable overall than blue ones.
You forgot about Larry Craig! Basically if you have a criminal record: DUI, car theft, domestic violence, sex offence.... and you want the Idaho Press Tribune's endorsement; run as a Republican! I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. I understand that the Press Tribune operates in a community dominated by Republicans and are afraid that they will go out of business if they don't tow the party line. But that being the case at least be honest, and don't call your publication a "news paper". Just call it what it is. Partisan politics is so childish: "My team rocks no matter what", your team sucks, no matter what". That's why I'm an Independent and will vote for the person not the party. Admittedly that was not always the case, but I've grown up.
Iammom: I didn't see your reply and basically just repeated what you already know. As far as religious conservatives being so giving, they take the fires of hell very seriously and don't want to test those waters. They feel you can get to heaven via your checking account. "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 remaining states in the top nine are all in the Bible Belt."
Iammom: A recent post referred to the World Giving Index 2014 report produced by Charities Aid Foundation (http://tinyurl.com/lwzoakh). The following is the methodology used to arrive at their results: "The World Giving Index score is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour - the percentage of people who in a typical month donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger. That's why Myanmar with such a small population can tie the US. The three behaviours are also looked at on an individual basis within the report." It should be noted that in the donate money category the US was 9th. Any money donated (including tithing) to a church/religious organization can be considered as a charitable contribution, even if it was used to improve the parking lot or buy new robes for the choir. Churches get a lot of "charity" on Sunday when they pass the plate. The high rankings in the other two gave the US its' top scorce. If you look for ranking based on percent of GDP or a per captia basis, the results are different. This report (http://tinyurl.com/ku2aqf7) will give examples of both. No source was given for the figures used so just take it as an example only.