On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Huffington Post announces it is targeting Republican candidates’ charitable giving

“In a forthcoming series of articles,” announces Huffington Post writer Andrea Stone,  “HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. How much and to whom did they give? How does their giving compare with their fellow Americans? And what impact did they ultimately have?”

Oddly missing is any examination of candidates from the other side of the aisle.

What follows is an attack piece dissecting the donations that Texas Governor Rick Perry has made public. In sharp contrast, the article juxtapositions his public prayers — with a headline proclaiming:

“Governor Rick Perry: Big On Prayer, Not So Big On Charity”


Not taken into consideration is Jesus’ strong teaching that one does not publicize one’s good works. In the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew, Jesus tells His followers:

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”

It will be fascinating to see if the Huffington Post, which was recently bought by America on Line, follows up with a similar series on liberal politicians.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    hey, the republicans are of the “trickle down” theory (which only seems to work for the rich), and of the “compassionate conservative” world. republicans have cut and cut programs which help the poor, old, and weak. so, are they being “compassionate”? seems worth reporting.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Allan

    Actually, many studies have shown thar religious people tend to be more generous than non-eligious people. But, then, I don’t suppose the Huffington Post will look into the charitable giving of Liberals.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    hey allan, since when is “non-religious” affliated w/democrats or liberals? at least when a democrat reads the bible, we follow the word of God, not turn around and do the opposite.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard Johnson

    Of course, once a candidate declares for office he/she must make financial filings which, according to the law, must include all donations over a certain level (I’m uncertain of the dollar amount).

    With all the “discernment” that conservative Christians have offered during the Obama administration regarding his every action, I think it is only appropriate that the Republican candidates be sifted in the same measure.

    And, as we are often reminded by conservatives, if he has done nothing which would be an embarrassment if revealed, he has nothing to fear.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment twin49

    Giving is a newsworthy topic as is covering the Republican primary. The potential candidates are newsworthy on all counts. There will be no comparison with other democratic candidates presently because it is not their primary. If they missed anything it is to compare Ron Paul’s giving since he is a front runner and of a different party. The culture war is not between parties presently…it is about the public no longer being the target audience of all parties and being replaced by catering to the corporations. As long as we think it is about anything else we shortchange all Americans, especially the poor and middle class. No bailouts or jobs for us just Wall Street and the five largest banks in the world.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sam williams

    how dare you misinterpret Jesus! He did not say don’t give to charity, just not to make a big production out of doing so ! Like the Koch brothers’ having buildings named after them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment T Smith

    The statement in this article, “Oddly missing is any examination of candidates from the other side of the aisle” is misleading. The piece is specifically about presidential candidates. At the end of the article, the author deviates from the originally identified group of interest to generalize with the phrase “similar series on liberal politicians .” Logically, a balancing series would only include other presidential candidates. In the case of the Democratic party, that includes only the incumbent president. As twin49 pointed out previously, Ron Paul could also be included. So far, no other presidential candidates have emerged as nationally recognized. Was this an inadvertent breach of logic or just the ordinary political “spin” nonsense we’ve, unfortunately, become used to from all sides?

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