Archive for November 21st, 2005

Bible Belt Residents Most Charitable in Country

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Jack on Rapture Ready News found this article:

PORTLAND, Maine — New Englanders remain among the most tightfisted in the country when it comes to charitable giving while Bible Belt residents are among the most generous, according to an annual index.
For the fourth year running, New Hampshire was the most miserly state, according to the Catalogue of Philanthropy’s Generosity Index. Mississippi remained at the top for generosity.
The index, which takes into account both “having” and “giving,” is based on average adjusted gross incomes and the value of itemized charitable donations reported to the Internal Revenue Service on 2003 tax returns, the latest available.
However, its methodology has been criticized and has helped give rise to new studies of charitable giving.
“We believe that generosity is a function of how much one gives to the ability one has to give,” said Martin Cohn, a spokesman for the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a Boston-based nonprofit that publishes a directory of nonprofit organizations.
Using that standard, the 10 most generous states were, in descending order, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, South Carolina and West Virginia.
The 10 stingiest, starting from the bottom, were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii and Michigan.
But a study by the Boston Foundation concluded that the index presents an undeserved image of New England as a region made up of Yankee skinflints.
“If everyone in Massachusetts gave 100 times as much to charity as we do today and everything else remains the same, we wouldn’t get above the bottom half of the chart,” said David Trueblood, a spokesman for the foundation. “And no matter what Mississippi did, it couldn’t fall below 22nd or 23rd.”
The foundation proposed an alternate measure of generosity based on each state’s share of overall charitable contributions and income, adjusted for differences in taxes and living costs. Using that methodology, Massachusetts’ generosity ranking last year would be 11th, instead of 49th.
Another new study, conducted by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University on behalf of a group of New England sponsors, also boosts the case for residents of the six-state region.
That study, which supplements IRS data with a survey of representative households, found that individuals in New England give less, on average, to charity than people in other regions, but that the percentage of New Englanders who do contribute is higher than the national average. It also found that contributors in New England tend to favor secular, rather than religious, causes.
Cohn said he was disappointed that the Boston Foundation chose to attack the index without understanding that its purpose is to promote discussion about philanthropy and that it never sought to hang a label on any state.
Trueblood said he wanted to move the discussion away from rankings and toward ways to get people to be more generous.

Let’s not forget anyone in this season of God’s Gift to the World. Try to give whenever and whatever you can. Remember that God sees every gift we give and the smallest gift can be taken by God and magnified into something glorious.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!

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Hezbollah rockets blast into Israel

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Gotta love those peace lovin’ arabs. On the day that Sharon quits and calls for new elections, leave it to hellsbollah, I mean hezbollah to try to start a fight. Notice that they fired the rockets “on Israeli neighborhoods along the Lebanese border, prompting Jewish residents to hide in bomb shelters”, once again shooting at civilian targets.

Of course this is about the speed we expect from these “brave freedom fighters”. I covered just how cowardly and yellow I think they are in a previous post, so I won’t go into that here again.

Read the whole article here.

Bush’s Visit to Beijing Church Emphasizes Religious Freedom

Monday, November 21st, 2005

The Chinese are one of the world’s worst offenders where religious persecution is concerned. It was good to see President Bush making a point with Beijing about how they treat churches and Christians.

(CNSNews.com) – President Bush ended a visit to China on Monday, making freedom to worship a dominant theme by putting a visit to church ahead of meetings with Chinese leaders.

Read more about it here.

College Thrills and Chills

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Little Green Footballs (lgf) offers a view into a college program call the Tunnel of Oppression.
Now what’s so scary here is that once again, the colleges are providing all kind of funding and indoctrination on how to be a victim instead of actually educating our young people.

This year’s themes are:
(1) Tools of Oppression
(2) Women’s Issues
(3) Racial Oppression
(4) LGBT Issues
(5) Religious Oppression **this room is pending***.

Read the post at Little Green Footballs and the program overview at the University of Maryland.

The real secret to defeating radical Islam

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Read this insightful article by David Kupelian on The real secret to defeating radical Islam.

This preface is from a WorldNetDaily editor:

Editor’s note: Have you ever wondered why increasing numbers of Americans are calling President Bush a liar and urging a near-term withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, even though this would undoubtedly result in a major victory for Islamic terrorism? David Kupelian reveals the surprising reasons in this special report.

Read it all here.

Muslim fanatics terrorise a nation

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Well, I can’t say that I feel a lot of sympathy for the Dutch. They kind of brought this on themselves, but I must admit that it would be nice if the world could finally stop calling islam the Religion of Peace (RoP).

Islamist murders and threats have transformed the once-tolerant Netherlands into a place of armed bodyguards and fear, writes Anthony Browne
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Impaled on a knife in (filmmaker) van Gogh’s chest was a five-page note declaring holy war on The Netherlands and threatening death to other public figures deemed “enemies of Islam”.

A year after his murder, The Netherlands is a country transformed. Previously, only the Queen and Prime Minister had police protection, and ministers cycled to their ministries.

Now, many politicians, writers and artists are considered to be in such danger that they have permanent armed guards and are driven around in bomb-proof armoured cars. The Interior Ministry has set up a special unit assessing death threats from Islamic extremists and providing protection squads.

Read the rest of the article here.

Call them what they are — TRAITORS

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Mark M. Alexander post an atricle over on Townhall concerning the democrat’s use of the Iraqi War to further their smearing of the president. Now I will admit that I don’t agree with everything our president does (immigration and boarder control) but the democrat’s are so desperate for something to latch on to that they are willing to put our troops in danger to further their political goals.
Every time one of our pols comes down on Bush this way, it only fuels the fire in the hearts of the terrorist. You see, they understand that a country divided among itself cannot stand, and they love it. They want to see us cut and run because they understand that without us, the current government would fall and they could then establish their own twisted form of dictatorship in it’s place.
What some people fail to realize is that we are expecting a country who has experienced a dictatorship for over 20 years to somehow become a self supporting democracy in less then two years. The United States didn’t even accomplish that. How can we expect a nation that has never know democracy to accomplish it?
Read the article and see how these democrat voices have turned from supporting the war on terror (under clinton) to condemning it as the most hateful thing ever to happen in our country.

Verse of the Day

Monday, November 21st, 2005

“[Thanksgiving ] I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—”- 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

Today’s passage is from the New International Version.

Courtesy of BibleGateway.Com