Based on 2008 data from the Internal Revenue Service, the
study on the generosity of Americans shows states with the
least religious residents are less inclined to give money to
charity. The Chronicle of Philanthropy released the report showing
that where religious participation is higher, giving to charities
is higher -- such as states in the South.
Why do liberals tend to be
Tooley is president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy. "The
results, of course, would not be surprising in that religious
people have more of an incentive and a basis for charitable giving
than do the more secular," he tells OneNewsNow. "And other studies
have certainly confirmed this finding." Tooley points to a book a
few years ago by Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise
Institute, pointing out that conservatives give more than liberals.
"The explanation could include that those who are more secular or
more liberal look towards the government to provide essential
services for those in need," he offers. "Whereas those who are more
conservative and/or more religious understand the importance of the
church and of private charity in meeting human needs."
Associated Press notes that of the ten least generous
states, nine voted for Barack Obama in the last presidential
election. Of the ten most generous, eight voted for Republican
candidate John McCain.