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April 16, 2010


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Patrick S. O'Donnell


As you are an avowed Christian, I'm wondering how the above is reconciled with the following from Matthew (6: 1-4):

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before people, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you do a charitable deed do not let your left hand know what your right is doing.
(a) that your charitable deed may be in secret; (b) and your Father who sees in secret will himself reward you openly.


On your second question, conservatives tend to give more than liberals - here's a link:

Perhaps it's because conservatives are more likely to attend religious services regularly, and the largest proportion of individual giving goes to religion? Just one hypothesis...

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