Quote Of The Day

“No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data are available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians. Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans. These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, age, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all these ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American”. — Arthur C. Brooks, writing in The American magazine

15 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”

  • Probably because Americans are very ignorant about religious matters and believe such things as the claim that a wafer becomes the body of a magical sky god if a priest says some magic words over it, so they give huge sums of money to these priests and hucksters in hopes of receiving divine favor from this sky god. Take a look at a Benny Hinn rally and then decide of our huge charitable giving, which makes hucksters like him rich, is something to be proud of.

  • You make a good point. If you read the full article it also mentions that religious people are significantly more charitable and volunteer more than non-believers.

  • That is an excellent quote. Damn.

    I wonder if the religion-charity connection is more about generosity taught or cynicism not taught? And hopefully this isn’t reporting donations to evangelists, because that would probably mean the latter.

  • For those more interested in this, George Will’s article is a must read, see here. Apparently, conservatives are more compassionate.

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