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Friday, December 16, 2005

Food for thought...

And Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at the Christian group Concerned Women for America, said religious conservatives “know that the government is not really capable of love.”

“You look to the government for justice, and you look to the church and individuals for mercy. I think Hurricane Katrina is a good example of that. FEMA just failed, and the church and the Salvation Army and corporations stepped in and met the need,” she said.

Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, said the government’s role should be to encourage charitable giving, perhaps through tax cuts.

“There is a [biblical] mandate to take care of the poor. There is no dispute of that fact,” he said. “But it does not say government should do it. That’s a shifting of responsibility.”


At 8:13 p.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Most of known human history religions,churches and family helped the poor. NOTE-even the real Santa Claus is St.Nicholas. He was a Christian bishop during the 4th century at Myra now Turkey,one of his many givings,he secretly gave to three poor girls their dowry's money. After this giving annual gifts for kids became into effect. St Nicholas came from a rich Christian family upon becoming a bishop he gave all his wealth away to helping people.

At 7:09 a.m., Blogger Joel Johannesen said...

Hi Erin, good blog!

I read the recent Fraser Institute rankings of charitable giving and it paints a striking picture of personal charitable giving in Canada compared to the U.S.

"The average donation in the US ($3,731) is over three times more than the average donation in Canada ($1,165) even before accounting for differences in the value of currencies.

[...] If Canadians were as generous in donating a comparable percentage of aggregate income as Americans, Canada’s charities would have an additional $8.0 billion in resources."

The reports's author, Sylvia LeRoy, was on CTV NewsNet's Mike Duffy show last night explaining that one of the reasons might have to do with the preponderance of religiosity of Americans compared to Canada. I can certainly see that (although the stats are almost even on that score in both countries with Canada showing a 70-plus percent Christian demographic, and closer to 80% in the U.S. -- I sense that maybe the Americans are more "devout"?).

There's lots of potential explanations and factors of course -- Canadians' abject dependence on liberal-left nanny-state government for every cotton picking thing, et al... but anyway, I thought it was interesting, this reliance on government and the religion angle.

I'm glad I found you and your writing, Erin I found it via the online version of "24 Hours".


Joel Johannesen
"Proudly conservative"

At 6:44 p.m., Blogger Ogilvie said...

Love and justice would be nice, but I'd settle simply for honesty in government.

Your previous post about Scott Reid I found very illuminating. I always suspected that the former Earnscliffe employee, who wouldn't trust stay-at-home parents with a few dollars extra, was likely living high on the hog, but is was nice to get some proof.

At 1:34 a.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Socialist governments such as the Fed-Liberals are, fear family and peoples faith slighly because the citizens place these two items higher than even the state. Often the socialist state attempts to weaken these two items./ The Christmas tree in the western world actully came from the great Christian theologian Martin Luther./ Some great conservative women:Margaret Thatcher, Anne Coulter, Rona Ambrose, Carol Skelton, Kim Cambell and Erin Airton./ Special Note: Liberal PM-Martin said Harper is unfit to be PM because he's against homosexual marriage [although really he's pro democracy here]. Martin himself voted aginst homosexual marriage before when the fed-liberals voted to protect the traditional marriage institution. Thus Martin by his own words, himself is unfit to be the PM.


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