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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

5 Comments

  1. Sarah, I’m concerned that a point above is misleading.

    Specifically, you write (#7) that “Studies have shown that churchgoers give more of their discretionary income to charitable causes”

    That’s simply false. What these studies have shown is that churchgoers give more of their income *to churches*, which I hope no one finds as a surprise.

    As long as media writers continue to allow churches to call themselves “charities”, the real giving to real charities will continue to be hidden behind religion’s self-promotion.

    Looking at the numbers, one finds that giving to actual charities is not something that churchgoers do more of:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/28/are-religious-people-really-more-generous-than-atheists-a-new-study-puts-that-myth-to-rest/

    More to the point, continuing to repeat the falsehood that churchgoers give more to charity not only helps churches line their own pockets, but obscures that fact that this money could have been put towards actual charities, thus, in effect, hurting real charities and those people in need that they serve.

    Thank you.

    • Excellent point. Thank you. So-called charity stays exclusively within the church family, unless being used primarily for proselytizing (Salvation Army, etc.) or for making money (i.e. hospitals). If our government did not provide support for Christian “charities”, there would be more charity available for all, whether Christian or non-Christian.

  2. The European rabbi didn’t defend the Danish zoo’s killing of animals, he criticized Denmark itself, stating that its supposed concerns about animal-welfare abuses in ritual slaughter were a sham.

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