You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Religious giving skews numbers in analysis

JEFF JACOBY’S claim that conservatives are more charitable than liberals (“Stingy liberals,” Op-ed, Aug. 22) leaves out critical facts.

He argues that conservatives donate significantly higher percentages of their incomes to charity than do liberals, holding up Provo, Utah, as a shining example of a generous, conservative community. He conveniently neglects to point out that, as I’m sure he’s well aware, the Provo area is overwhelmingly Mormon, a religion which generally requires tithing of at least 10 percent of a person’s income.

Continue reading below

Giving money under duress (tithing, etc.) can hardly be considered charity. Even if it were, a good part of the money donated to a religion goes to funding the bureaucracy and facilities of that organization, not into helping with true charitable causes.

Brian Nolen

Bedford, N.H.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of