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“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.

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