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  • How Now Shall We Give? As Joyfully as Zaccheus—Even if Called to Give in a Different Way

    04/16/2014 9:02:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    When Susan and I married in 1976, I joked about a future career editing a small-town newspaper and aspiring to be a cracker-barrel philosopher. Through God’s mercy I can edit a magazine for a national town of several hundred thousand readers, some of whom are foolish enough to ask for advice, all too often on one of three topics: What college should my son or daughter attend? What movies should Christians watch? How, now that God has enriched me, can I help the poor? People ask me that last question because I’ve written four books on aspects of effective compassion,...
  • What is our obligation to those who make bad decisions?

    04/07/2014 5:18:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-6-2014 | Bookworm
    One of the things I’ve tried to drill into my children is the truism that the single biggest indicator of poverty is single motherhood. That data, incidentally, does not reflect the old-fashioned kind of single motherhood, which was the result of widowhood or abandonment. Instead, we’re talking about modern single motherhood, the kind that sees women who are deluged with birth control choices nevertheless get pregnant with boyfriends or hook-ups who feel no emotional connection or sense of economic obligation to either mother or baby. One of my children has a part-time job at a cafe and is, for the...
  • Angry mob attacks Ebola treatment centre in Guinea

    04/05/2014 7:43:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Reuters | April 4, 2014
    CONAKRY (Reuters) - An angry crowd attacked a treatment center in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.
  • New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans

    04/01/2014 8:09:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Cities would no longer be able to ban most outdoor recycling bins on private property under a bill introduced in the Michigan State Senate. The bill comes as a relief to charities that have gotten permission from private property owners to install the bins in parking lots. Some municipalities have been working to ban outdoor charitable bins from groups other than those with brick and mortar recycling operations, like Goodwill. Municipalities "can regulate, license and monitor collection bins but can't ban them," said Dan Dalton, an attorney whose clients, Planet Aid and St. Vincent de Paul, have been pushing for...
  • Does World Vision’s Flip-flop Mean Christians Should Continue their Support?

    03/27/2014 9:27:39 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dr. Don Boys
    The U.S. branch of World Vision based in Federal Way, Washington has about 1,100 workers with an annual budget of one billion dollars per year. The current president, Richard Stearns, announced this week that same-sex “marriage” was now acceptable but they would still require their employees to confine their sexual activities to be within marriage. Same sex “marriage” may be acceptable to World Vision but not to God. The Bible still teaches that perversion is still an abomination and is not approved or acceptable by Him and all true believers. Maybe part of World Vision’s problem is they have a...
  • How World Vision Can Regain Trust (After it Reverses Its Decision to Support Gay Marriage)

    03/27/2014 7:51:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/27/2014 | Michael Brown
    In the spirit of forgiveness that God Himself extended to us through Jesus, I believe we should accept World Vision’s statement of repentance with graciousness and offer their leadership the forgiveness they requested, commending them for their contrition. This could not have been an easy thing to do, as they will now have to deal with accusations of being double-minded, not to mention the pro-gay activist backlash they will surely face along with accusations that they were not sincere in their repentance but rather acted out of mercenary concerns, and so we need to be just as vocal in affirming...
  • Deacon Nick Donnelly's charity is perfect while his superiors is not

    03/25/2014 7:35:40 AM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 25, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for LifeSiteNews, Hillary White reported last Friday that Bishop Michael Campbell, "...has pressured one of his deacons to cease blogging in a move described by critics as an effort to silence the deacon’s lively defense of orthodox Catholic doctrine and the papacy." White continues: "Deacon Nick Donnelly’s well-travelled blog, 'Protect the Pope,' now carries the note, 'From its inception to the beginning of March 2014, Rev. Nick Donnelly, was the main author and editor of this blog. At this time he is in a period of reflection and prayer.' Deacon Nick Donnelly The diocese of Lancaster issued a statement...
  • The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

    03/24/2014 6:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/24/2014 | MIKE KONCZAL
    Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, about the way the world was and can be again under Republican policies. This story is about the way people were able to insure themselves against the risks inherent in modern life. Back before the Great Society, before the New Deal, and even before the Progressive Era, things were better. Before government took on the role of providing social insurance, individuals and private charity did everything needed to insure people against the hardships of life;...
  • GOOGLE's LARRY PAGE: I Would Rather Give My Billions To Elon Musk Than Charity

    03/20/2014 7:20:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/20/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Google CEO Larry Page has an unusual idea about what should happen to his billions should he die. Instead of giving it to a philanthropic organization, he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. In a conversation with Charlie Rose at a TED conference on Wednesday, Page said he wanted his money going to capitalists like Musk — those with big ideas for changing the world — according to a report at Wired. He thinks Musk's vision for going to Mars "to back up humanity" is inspired. He said, "That’s a...
  • Charity Gets No Respect

    03/09/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Hunter Lewis
    There is a common saying on Capitol Hill that those who do not come to the table will become the lunch. This refers to those who fail to hire sufficiently well connected lobbyists or make large campaign contributions. Even those who do come to the table may get carved up. When President Obama called the parties making money from medicine into the White House to discuss what would become of Obamacare, most of the special interests tried to make a deal. With the Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, they knew that defiance would likely backfire. The major insurance...
  • Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

    03/02/2014 2:20:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 1, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor • Former President Clinton was pictured with two prostitutes who work at a legal brothel in Nevada • They were captured chatting at a charity event in Los Angeles on Thursday where Clinton gave the keynote address • The prostitutes- named Barbie Girl and Ava Adora- work at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and were in California for the unite4:Humanity event Bill Clinton's controversial couplings has reached a new level after he was pictured spending time with prostitutes at a recent charity event. The former President was...
  • Giving Something Back

    03/02/2014 11:14:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tom Tradup
    Talk Radio—in the parlance of music radio—is known for playing the hits. Obamacare, NSA spying, legalization of marijuana, Supreme Court rulings on forced unionization, and (thanks to Gov. Chris Christie) the on-ramps of Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is the ongoing mission of your friendly neighborhood talk host to toss out issues, offer a personal opinion on them, and then watch the phones light up like a Christmas tree. It is a programming formula that—to talk radio’s critics—appeals to the lowest common denominator in society. To those critics, talk hosts are the linear equivalent of militia members challenging the...
  • Philanthropist Willard Hackerman remembered as supporter of Catholic education

    02/12/2014 2:25:28 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/12/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Philanthropist Willard Hackerman, president and chief executive officer of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., is being remembered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a generous supporter of Catholic education. Hackerman, who was Jewish, died Feb. 10 at age 95. Since 1996, Whiting-Turner has given more than $1 million to Catholic schools in the archdiocese, primarily for tuition assistance scholarships, said Matthew Anthony, director of development for the archdiocese. According to Anthony, Whiting-Turner made a six-figure gift to kick off the archdiocesan Partners in Excellence scholarship program, founded in 1996 by Cardinal William H. Keeler. “It all starts with his relationship with Cardinal...
  • (Police State) Man Gives Change to Homeless Person, is Handcuffed and Held by Police for an Hour

    01/16/2014 7:12:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Man gives change to homeless person, is handcuffed and held by police for an hour Greg Snider was in a Houston, Texas parking lot, on the phone making a business call. While in the lot, a homeless man approached his car and asked forchange. Snider gave him 75 cents and then drove off. KPRC Local 2 News reported on the shocking thing that happened next. When Snider pulled onto a nearby freeway, a police car pulled him to the side. Greg was surprised by how aggressive the officer was, telling KPRC, “He's screaming. He's yelling. He's telling me to get...
  • Money raised from Newtown fundraiser goes missing as marathon-running charity partner disappears

    01/11/2014 9:26:35 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 35 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/14 | AP
    A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running, one of its co-founders said Friday. Ryan Graney, of Nashville, Tenn., said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used for the organization's purpose.....
  • Restaurant owner sells business to pay brain tumour surgery bill for his teenage waitress

    01/10/2014 4:45:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 99 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Rebecca Pocklington
    Brittany Mathis can't afford the operation because she doesn't have health insurance, so her boss Michael De Beyer is selling his Texas eatery Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with the small tumour in December but can't afford surgery to remove it because she doesn't have health insurance. Manager and boss Michael De Beyer has offered to sell his Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery, Texas, which he has run for 17 years, to help his employee out.
  • The [#BS]Files: Christina Aguilera feeds war-torn Rwanda

    12/30/2013 5:10:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    africascountry.com ^ | Natacha Nsabimana
    Christina Aguilera, ambassador for World Food Program (WFP), recently went to “war-torn Rwanda” People Magazine tells us. Well thankfully she made it back home safe. War is not an easy thing. Although, I’m not sure exactly which war People Magazine is referring to – last I checked, the civil war and genocide in Rwanda ended twenty years ago. Well, Rwanda has other problems and its government is implicated in violence in neighboring DRC, but it is not war-torn. Also, Rwanda is an entire country. Where in Rwanda was Aguilera? [video] The song the children are singing in the video is...
  • Malpractice?? A meditation on confusing kindness with charity

    09/27/2013 3:00:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to confuse or equate kindness with charity. There is the tendency to prioritize never offending or upsetting others, over proclaiming the truth. And while it is true that kindness and not intentionally hurting other’s feelings or causing offense is a good thing, it is not so good that the truth should be suppressed in order to accomplish it.But, it is sadly common today. Consider a priest, who, in order not to give offense or cause others to be upset, does not preach important aspects of the Gospel or the moral law. Consider...
  • World Giving Index 2013: U.S. Is #1

    12/25/2013 5:53:01 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    TaxProf Blog ^ | December 25, 2013 | Paul L. Caron
    World Giving 2013: This fourth edition of the World Giving Index again presents giving data from across the globe over a five year period (2008-2012). The World Giving Index 2013 includes data from 135 countries across the globe that was collected throughout the calendar year of 2012. .... The Index is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour - the percentage of people who donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger, in a typical month. ... The United States is ranked first in this year’s World Giving Index (Table 1), reclaiming a position...
  • Is Social Liberalism Compatible With Christianity?

    12/22/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 22, 2013 | JP
    Karen Owen, a writer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, authored a recent column in which she sneered that “the term Christian conservative” is “an oxymoron.” How, she asked, “can we call ourselves – and practically insist that we are – a Christian nation when we seemingly ignore so many teachings of Christ?” So what examples does she cite to make her dubious case? Well, there’s the decision by greeting card giant Hallmark to alter the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on a Christmas ornament from “don we now our gay apparel” to “don we now our fun apparel.”...
  • Real Charity

    12/04/2013 7:01:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | John Stossel
    'Tis the season for giving. But when you give, do you know your money will help someone? Social workers say, "Don't give to beggars." Those who do give are "enablers," helping alcoholics and drug users to continue bad habits. It's better to give to charities that help the "homeless." I put "homeless" in quotes because my TV producers have quietly followed a dozen of the more convincing beggars after "work," and all had homes. Once, I put on a fake beard and begged for an hour. At the rate money was coming in, I would have made ninety bucks...
  • Your Daily Cry: This Chef Gave Up a 5-Star Gig to Cook for the Salvation Army

    11/30/2013 7:17:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Braiser / The Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2013 | Marcy Franklin
    This holiday weekend, the Internet is only talking about one chef: Jeff Ansorge. That’s the Minneapolis-based chef, who gave up a cushy job at Capital Grille and a salary of $80,000 to feed the homeless daily. (Because as much as we appreciate chefs taking time off once a year to feed the homeless, this guy does it on the reg — preach.) Now, Ansorge spents his days cooking at the Salvation Army Eastside Worship and Service Center in Minneapolis, where he told the Associated Press that he leads a full life...
  • The Charity Swindle

    11/26/2013 5:20:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-25-13 | Ken Stern
    WASHINGTON — BY all outward indications, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was a leader in the charitable community. Founded in 2002 to provide support to Navy veterans in need, the charity recorded astonishing financial success. In its first eight years, it raised around $100 million in charitable contributions, almost all of it through a direct marketing campaign. The organization, headed by Jack L. Nimitz, boasted of 41 state chapters and some 66,000 members. This would be a great story of charitable success, except for the fact that virtually everything about the association turned out to be false: no state chapters,...
  • Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    11/19/2013 8:04:27 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2013 | Ashley Lutz
    A Cleveland Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive — for its own employees.  "Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins. The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area. "That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage," Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told the Plain Dealer.   
  • How Christian Charity Developed Western Ethics, Hospitals, Schools

    11/16/2013 10:40:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 2 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is my second article in reply to Tony, who wrote to me with critical observations on my speech What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. The first article is Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People. My reply is in several parts because he covers many issues, although sometimes using too simplistic arguments compared to the attention they would deserve. The problem I have in answering him is that in the space of a couple of emails he enumerates many things which he finds wrong about Christianity, each of which would require a book (and...
  • Obamacare: Charity or Marxism? I

    11/06/2013 2:09:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Chroniclenews ^ | November 6, 2013 | Thomas Fleming
    Part I: What it IsObamacare's enrollment fiasco has provided endless opportunities for pointless blather from the unwashed masses of the American "right." Talkshow celebrities and the delicate young men who blog for magazine websites cannot contain their outrage. One of them yesterday, the editor of an actual print magazine of moderately large circulation, trumpeted his revelations to the world. The President has lied to us! The more prudent John Boehner, who unlike the pundits and columnists, has a job involving political responsibility, was content with suggesting merely that the President had misled us.The great misleaders, alas, are the political leaders...
  • Pope Francis Selling His Harley To Raise Money For Homeless

    10/18/2013 2:58:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 48 replies
    CBSLocal ^ | October 18, 2013 | CBSLocal
    The pope is selling his hog. The National Catholic Register reports that Pope Francis is selling his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to raise money to help the homeless in Rome. “It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome,” Monsignor Enrico Feroci, director of Caritas Rome, said. “We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this.” According to The Associated Press, Harley gave Francis two classic white Harleys for the Vatican police force in June when the manufacturer and tens of thousands of Harley...
  • The Occupy Movement and “Tiny Houses” in Madison (98 square foot homes!)

    10/15/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Non-Profit Quarterly ^ | October 4, 2013 | Rob Meiksins
    To those people paying only casual attention, the Occupy movement has become nothing more than a footnote in history. Their ragtag encampments have been removed for the most part, and there is little to indicate they made much of an impact. In Madison, Wisconsin, however, the Occupy movement has suddenly resurfaced, but with a totally new mission: addressing the basic needs of people who are homeless. As issues around collective bargaining rights for public employees and other significant alterations to the social contract were initiated by Governor Walker and the Republican-dominated legislature, Madison became famous for very loud and angry...
  • Enemy of the Welfare State

    10/14/2013 11:54:48 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 3 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 10/14/13 | Scott Walter
    “They gave me an opportunity … to become a man.” That’s what a man of color, choked up, says from inside the business he owns on a video produced for the recent 30th anniversary of Step 13 in Denver. And that’s why Step 13’s founder, Bob Coté, who gave this man that opportunity, despised the welfare state and declared in big letters on the front of his homeless shelter's building that his philosophy was "A hand up, not a hand out." ... Colorado developer and philanthropist Steve Schuck is a long-time board member because he is convinced of the truth...
  • Cation OSpiteful

    10/14/2013 11:10:06 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 51 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he lends a hand during a visit to Martha's Table, a kitchen that provides meals for the needy, in Washington October 14, 2013. With Obama are furloughed workers Dolly Garcia (L) who works at the U.S. Census Bureau and Chantelle Britton who works at Health and Human Services. Obama said on Monday it appears there has been progress in Senate fiscal impasse negotiations but that there is a good chance the United States will default on its debts if Republicans are unwilling to set aside some partisan concerns. Where's HIS hair net? Why is...
  • McAuliffe to donate funds from convicted Rhode Island businessman to charity

    10/09/2013 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 14 replies
    http://blogs.nbc12.com ^ | 10/09/2013 | Ryan Nobles
    McAuliffe to donate funds from convicted Rhode Island businessman to charity Terry McAuliffe's name popped up today on a list of investors who bought annuities from a Rhode Island businessman who pleaded guilty in 2012 to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients. The convicted businessman, Joseph Caramadre, was also a donor to McAuliffe's failed 2009 bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia. Caramadre donated more than $26 thousand to McAuliffe and hosted a fundraiser for the candidate. Caramadre(Court sketch of Caramadre courtesy of WJAR) According to our NBC affiliate in Providence WJAR, there is no evidence that...
  • Who Really Cares? Not Liberals

    10/10/2013 3:56:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | John Ransom
    BDAtlanta wrote: Then maybe try to repeal it through a majority vote which is obtained through elections. Sorry you are such babies about this. Obamacare is the law, upheld by the Supreme court. last year's election solidified its standing with the majority (51%) of Americans backing the guy who was President when Obamacare was passed. Grow up. - Obamacare is Killing Us Dear Comrade BD, Yes, we are in the process of attempting to repeal it through a majority vote. That’s what elections are about. That’s what next year’s elections will be about for sure. Thanks for pointing that progressives...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Will Donate His Salary to Charity During Shutdown

    09/30/2013 8:09:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Capitalism Institute ^ | Shaun Connell
    Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul have become the two most important voices in DC politics. They worked together during Rand’s filibuster earlier this year and during Ted’s filibuster this last week. But the most important thing we’ve seen is personal responsibility and good character from them both. Rand Paul gave $600,000 BACK to the federal government from his office. He’s in it to cut spending in any manner possible, even his own office’s budget. And now, Sen. Ted Cruz has made a similar announcement, saying that he will donate his salary to charity for every day the government...
  • Atlanta couple donates daughter's wedding reception dinner to 200 homeless

    09/24/2013 9:00:49 AM PDT · by workerbee · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/24/13
    Carol and Willie Fowler had a lavish wedding reception planned for their daughter, Tamara. Or, they did until the nuptials were called off earlier this month with a mere 40 days to spare. Instead of letting the four-course meal planned for September 15 at an upscale Atlanta restaurant go to waste, the Fowlers called a local charity and asked if they could donate the food to a local charity.
  • Pope visits refugees in Rome Jesuit center

    09/10/2013 3:26:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Pope Francis urged members of religious orders on Tuesday to use empty convents and other structures to house refugees fleeing war and hardship, not as hotels. The pope spoke during a visit to refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome's historic center. Francis urged members of religious orders to welcome refugees "in the empty houses and convents. Dear religious men and women, the church does not need the empty convents to be turned into hotels to earn money....
  • Catholic Caucus: Father Gary needs your help...

    09/10/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    Facebook - Opus Bono Page ^ | September 10, 2013
    Father Gary still needs your help. His car has broken down and it will cost him over $1000 to fix it. His Social Security check and small retirement pension only cover his basic living expenses. His health no longer permits him to work as a supply priest at the local parish, so he has no other income. A kindly neighbor must use his vehicle to drive him to the doctors and for his necessities. He has no other form of transportation to assist him. His diocese cannot afford to give him the funds he needs for his car repairs, so...
  • It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States

    08/27/2013 12:42:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TEC ^ | 08/27/2013 | Michael Snyder
    What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it? Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States. More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted "anti-camping" or "anti-food sharing" laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws. Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away. Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws...
  • WaPo Assails Non-Profit Status for Churches, Rips Americans for Giving

    08/24/2013 12:21:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 23, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    The assault on America’s churches has begun, with commentators like Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post and Matthew Yglesias of Slate calling on the government to tax churches. “Whichever faith you think is the one true faith, it’s undeniable that the majority of this church-spending is going to support false doctrines,” Yglesias wrote on Thursday. He added, “upgrading a church’s physical plant doesn’t enhance the soul-saving capacity of its clergy.” This is part of the new assault on religion in America that has seen its apex in the New Mexico Supreme Court decision to force religious photographers to cover same-sex...
  • The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation. This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary

    08/14/2013 11:52:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/14/2013 | Tim Stanley
    Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh? Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation – that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen to attack a body that tries to do good. But the liberal NYT has no such scruples. The killer quote is this: "For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of...
  • Catch-22 for Catholic Hospitals under Obamacare

    08/11/2013 5:42:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 10, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You are a homeless person. You are sick and you know it is bad. You stagger into the ER of St. Ipsidipsy Catholic Hospital in Tall Tree Circle. You have no insurance, health coverage, or money. You are seen by a doctor and treated.The Obama Administration then punishes the hospital for treating you, a person without government-approved obligatory Obamacare.From the Daily Caller: Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured peopleCharitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A...
  • Transformation Through Charitable Work

    08/10/2013 7:26:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    SAN ANTONIO --The talk of the Knights of Columbus convention here, which I attended as an invited speaker, were missionaries from the Philippines. The Marikina Valley Council in Luzon traveled by foot for an hour and a half, each way, to establish a relationship with an indigenous Dumagat tribe living in the remote mountains despite the physical and language challenges. Severo S. Del Rosario doesn't really understand what the big deal is. They were just doing what good Christian men do: helping, sharing their goods and skills and spreading their faith. Offerings of food and clothes -- the men and...
  • 'We Had No Idea;' Burglars Apologize, Return Loot After Learning They Robbed Charity

    08/10/2013 6:25:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/10/2013 | Leonardo Blair
    The handwritten apology from burglars who returned their stolen loot after they discovered they had robbed a charity. In a gesture police in San Bernardino, Calif., say they have never witnessed before, a group of remorseful burglars who plundered an area nonprofit of their computers and other valuables returned the loot with an apology when they learned it was dedicated to helping victims of sexual violence."We had no idea what we were takeing (sic). Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples (sic) lives God Bless," said the burglars in a...
  • Charity Bin Ban On Private Property Spurred By A Few Documented Complaints

    08/06/2013 10:43:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/2/2013 | Anne Schieber
    GRAND RAPIDS — The ban on recycling bins on private property here appears to be the work of a handful of individuals, including an employee from a thrift shop that benefits from the ban, according to documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request. Using the FOIA law, Michigan Capitol Confidential requested emails, written correspondence and phone logs of all recycling bin complaints in the city of Grand Rapids over the past year. In compliance with the FOIA request, a city attorney said he spent 15 hours sifting through more than 20,000 thousand emails. The search revealed that two...
  • Americans Are Far More Compassionate than “Socially Conscious” Europeans

    08/02/2013 7:03:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I’m in Europe giving speeches and participating in conferences, it’s quite common that folks on the left will attempt to discredit my views by asserting that Americans are selfish and greedy.Since I’m generally sympathetic to Ayn Rand’s writings, I don’t see anything wrong with people striving to make themselves better off. Moreover, Adam Smith noted back in 1776 that the desire to earn more money leads other people to make our lives better. One of his most famous observations is that, “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their...
  • Buffett's son: charity fuels a 'perpetual poverty machine'; giving money away eases conscience

    07/28/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    When billionaire Warren Buffett pledged to give away 85 per cent of his fortune in 2006, as part of a Giving Pledge where some of the country's wealthiest people would do more to help charity, he was applauded. But, seven years on, his son Peter warns that just throwing funds at problems in society such as poverty and ill health can prevent a more permanent solution from being found. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the composer and chairman of the NoVo Foundation warned that a donor's desire to 'save the day' could have 'unintended consequences. Mr...
  • A Quintessentially American Hall of Fame

    07/15/2013 4:27:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    Do you give money to charity? You do if you're a typical American. More than 70 percent of US families contribute every year, and the average household gives at least $1,000. Charitable donations in America add up to about $300 billion annually — which is more, as Arthur C. Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute points out, than the entire gross national product of Finland, Portugal, or Peru. Americans give 12 times as much to charity each year as they spend on professional sports, and almost 30 times as much as they spend going to the movies. By any yardstick,...
  • Do conservatives give a damn about community?

    07/12/2013 6:36:39 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 21 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Scott Walter
    Free enterprise should be defended, not simply on the basis of statistics, but on the basis of morality, including the “moral imperative” to care for those in need through both job creation and charity. * * * Strain is dead right that foes of big government/national community must paint a clear and appealing picture of the local, non-governmental communities they want to take the place of the Leviathan nation-state.
  • Bin Ban: City Pushes To Ban Select Charitable Collections

    07/11/2013 5:09:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2013 | Anne Schieber
    Michigan cities, which love to pride themselves on being green, are giving a red light to outdoor recycling bins on private property. Grand Rapids, the latest city to ban the boxes, claims the bins are a source of uncontained trash, but the city has not provided any documentation of complaints. The recycling bins being targeted typically are set on property to collect clothes, shoes and books. Property owners say the recycling organizations have been responsive in emptying the bins. But Grand Rapids officials disagree. Suzanne Schulz, director of planning for Grand Rapids, said the city doesn't have the manpower to...
  • Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew

    07/10/2013 3:28:45 PM PDT · by sheana · 1 replies
    Prescott Hotshots ^ | 7/10/213 | me
    There is a fundraising drive today to collect for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. I am proud to say that our Kern County Firefighters have collected over $27,000 so far today in a Fill the Boot! drive for the families. If anyone else wants to donate Granite 19 is selling memorial t-shirts on this website to help out the families. Thanks everyone!
  • Good People Make America Great

    07/09/2013 11:54:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Rebecca Hagelin
    A recent Gallup poll, timed for the Fourth of July, found that while most Americans (85%) are “proud to be an American,” most (71%) also believe that our Founding Fathers would be “disappointed” in the America of today. The numbers highlight the difference between our regard for our Constitution and for the people who make America great, on the one hand, and our collective distrust of government overreach on the other. The daily news is a patchwork story of America’s great people -- and I’ll share one touching example in a moment -- as well as our very real political...