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2012-12-14 12:13:09 PM

jst3p: ghare: oh, I dunno, I remember when a conservatNateGrey: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Did you see how much Romney donated to the Mormon Church?

And he didn't even take the full deduction!


To play devil's advocate, the Mormon church has a lot of flaws but one thing they are good at is taking care of those in need, so long as those in need subscribe to their crazy. I grew up around a Mormon family that hit some pretty hard times when tdad, the sole breadwinner, had the double whammy of cancer and treatment for cancer that made him unable to work. According to him the fact that he was a Mormon who was in good standing (meaning he tithed 10%) the church was there to help him out. Apparently the church was there to make up the gap on the bills they couldn't pay until he was able to go back to work and start tithing again. I know this story is anecdotal but according to them this is SOP for the church, if you are in good standing.

I lean left and loathe the current GoP but I think it is a pretty valid point that both the left and the right, in general, want to help the needy they just differ in their delivery. The right want private charity to do it and the left wants government to do it.

/flame away fark progressives

Now with less broken HTML!
 
2012-12-14 12:18:22 PM

jst3p: jst3p: ghare: oh, I dunno, I remember when a conservatNateGrey: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Did you see how much Romney donated to the Mormon Church?

And he didn't even take the full deduction!

To play devil's advocate, the Mormon church has a lot of flaws but one thing they are good at is taking care of those in need, so long as those in need subscribe to their crazy. I grew up around a Mormon family that hit some pretty hard times when tdad, the sole breadwinner, had the double whammy of cancer and treatment for cancer that made him unable to work. According to him the fact that he was a Mormon who was in good standing (meaning he tithed 10%) the church was there to help him out. Apparently the church was there to make up the gap on the bills they couldn't pay until he was able to go back to work and start tithing again. I know this story is anecdotal but according to them this is SOP for the church, if you are in good standing.

I lean left and loathe the current GoP but I think it is a pretty valid point that both the left and the right, in general, want to help the needy they just differ in their delivery. The right want private charity to do it and the left wants government to do it.

/flame away fark progressives

Now with less broken HTML!


Isn't this just the church version of mandatory insurance coverage? If you have to be in good "standing" how is it charity and not just getting what you pay for?
 
2012-12-14 12:19:49 PM

buck1138: jst3p: jst3p: ghare: oh, I dunno, I remember when a conservatNateGrey: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Did you see how much Romney donated to the Mormon Church?

And he didn't even take the full deduction!

To play devil's advocate, the Mormon church has a lot of flaws but one thing they are good at is taking care of those in need, so long as those in need subscribe to their crazy. I grew up around a Mormon family that hit some pretty hard times when tdad, the sole breadwinner, had the double whammy of cancer and treatment for cancer that made him unable to work. According to him the fact that he was a Mormon who was in good standing (meaning he tithed 10%) the church was there to help him out. Apparently the church was there to make up the gap on the bills they couldn't pay until he was able to go back to work and start tithing again. I know this story is anecdotal but according to them this is SOP for the church, if you are in good standing.

I lean left and loathe the current GoP but I think it is a pretty valid point that both the left and the right, in general, want to help the needy they just differ in their delivery. The right want private charity to do it and the left wants government to do it.

/flame away fark progressives

Now with less broken HTML!

Isn't this just the church version of mandatory insurance coverage? If you have to be in good "standing" how is it charity and not just getting what you pay for?


That is kinda my point, six of one half a dozen of the other.
 
2012-12-14 12:31:08 PM
 
2012-12-14 12:36:59 PM

NateGrey: jst3p:

That sounds so sweet, Anecdotal evidence is a kind of evidence, a couple hundred here to pay some bills, 25 million tax free dollars there to fund anti Prop 8 measures.

They are upstanding citizens though, sometimes:

Facing this investigation, which was going to show the church had lied, the Mormon leadership decided to file a new, updated report which admitted they had filed misleading financial reports before.


Meh, pick any large group of people and you will find cheats and liars. Mormons do some farked up shiat, we all do.
 
2012-12-14 12:40:50 PM

jst3p: NateGrey: jst3p:

That sounds so sweet, Anecdotal evidence is a kind of evidence, a couple hundred here to pay some bills, 25 million tax free dollars there to fund anti Prop 8 measures.

They are upstanding citizens though, sometimes:

Facing this investigation, which was going to show the church had lied, the Mormon leadership decided to file a new, updated report which admitted they had filed misleading financial reports before.

Meh, pick any large group of people and you will find cheats and liars. Mormons do some farked up shiat, we all do.


Well that's true but the point is that a church member giving money to their church isn't necessarily charity.
More like membership dues
 
2012-12-14 12:47:36 PM

unexplained bacon: Well that's true but the point is that a church member giving money to their church isn't necessarily charity.
More like membership dues


OK, whatever works for them.
 
2012-12-14 01:04:23 PM

Zerochance: Big Butter Jesus


Isn't that a Screaming Blue Messiahs song?
 
2012-12-14 01:05:47 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Somewhere in Wasilla Saint Sarah is weeping -- her PAC only launde, um, donates to REAL 'MURCAN charities like "Buy 'Going Rogue' for the Blind," "Bristol's 'Keep Them There Legs Closed, Harlot' Camp" and "Oh God, Neiman Marcus is Gonna Have My Legs Broke"


Boy, you carry a whole lot of hate with you. You should really see a therapist before you do something to harm yourself
 
2012-12-14 01:10:32 PM

buffalosoldier: mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
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Encouraging laziness:
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What makes that funny is that both of those are religious institutions, funded by conservatives generally speaking, with the bottom one even richer than the top.


So the bottom one is richer than the Mormon Church?
 
2012-12-14 01:13:16 PM

Mikey1969: mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
[fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

Encouraging laziness:
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 456x275]

Just to keep things clear, the LDS charities are huge. The temples are ornate, but there is really also plenty of money going to true charity. I know, I know, we want to hate on the Mo's whenever possible, but this is one where people are wrong. Growing up around them, and then coming back to Utah 6 years ago, I've seen them help out plenty, and it's not just to church members, like people try and claim also.


What percentage of the Mormon churches (or any Church's) revenue is used for actual charity? McDonald's spends a fortune on important charities so I should be able to donate to them and right it off?
 
2012-12-14 01:19:20 PM

Kiinux: Nothing to see here. Liberals love giving away money that isn't their own.


So he should have kept the money instead of giving it away?
 
2012-12-14 01:33:33 PM

mrshowrules: What percentage of the Mormon churches (or any Church's) revenue is used for actual charity? McDonald's spends a fortune on important charities so I should be able to donate to them and right it off?


I don't know, but what I do know is that there are very large warehouses here in SLC, farms, and full industrial sized granaries dedicated to nothing but LDS charities. I've always wondered what percentage, but my point is that this isn't small token contributions by the Church, it's very big. There's a lot of shiat about the Mormons that pisses me off, but I always think this os one thing where they get unfairly ripped on.
 
2012-12-14 01:47:32 PM

Mikey1969: mrshowrules: tenpoundsofcheese: what do you mean?
Conservatives donate a lot more of their income to charity than liberals.

Nice job Colbert.

Charity:
[fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 500x376]

Encouraging laziness:
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 456x275]

Just to keep things clear, the LDS charities are huge. The temples are ornate, but there is really also plenty of money going to true charity. I know, I know, we want to hate on the Mo's whenever possible, but this is one where people are wrong. Growing up around them, and then coming back to Utah 6 years ago, I've seen them help out plenty, and it's not just to church members, like people try and claim also.


This. Even after I got excommunicated, the stake still carried on with my grocery delivery (there is no canned chili better than Deseret brand). The may have some farked up ideas (though I think I might no longer have been excommunicated for the same reason) but from what I experienced, that tithing gets used in some very important charity work.

Anyone else remember the 'Ralphie' kid in those commercials? It really isn't far off.
 
2012-12-14 01:59:03 PM

Kiinux: Nothing to see here. Liberals love giving away money that isn't their own.


Super-PACs, how do they work?

/You might want to try watching a few of the episodes where Colbert explains that...
 
2012-12-14 02:28:07 PM

llachlan: This. Even after I got excommunicated, the stake still carried on with my grocery delivery (there is no canned chili better than Deseret brand). The may have some farked up ideas (though I think I might no longer have been excommunicated for the same reason) but from what I experienced, that tithing gets used in some very important charity work.

Anyone else remember the 'Ralphie' kid in those commercials? It really isn't far off.


I don't think they realize how much damage they do to their image by being so tight lipped about their finances, especially the charities. I think it would be a great PR move on their part.
 
2012-12-14 02:33:03 PM

jst3p: unexplained bacon: Well that's true but the point is that a church member giving money to their church isn't necessarily charity.
More like membership dues

OK, whatever works for them.


Right, good for them

Just dont try to convince me giving to your church is the same as giving to a charity.
 
2012-12-14 02:55:37 PM

unexplained bacon: jst3p: unexplained bacon: Well that's true but the point is that a church member giving money to their church isn't necessarily charity.
More like membership dues

OK, whatever works for them.

Right, good for them

Just dont try to convince me giving to your church is the same as giving to a charity.


Depends on the "charity".

Link

10% of a donation made to the Red Cross makes it to victims of tragedy.
 
2012-12-14 03:02:06 PM

jst3p: NateGrey: jst3p:

That sounds so sweet, Anecdotal evidence is a kind of evidence, a couple hundred here to pay some bills, 25 million tax free dollars there to fund anti Prop 8 measures.

They are upstanding citizens though, sometimes:

Facing this investigation, which was going to show the church had lied, the Mormon leadership decided to file a new, updated report which admitted they had filed misleading financial reports before.

Meh, pick any large group of people and you will find cheats and liars. Mormons do some farked up shiat, we all do.


lol Mormon leadership = meh some cheats and liars.

Your little story was so laughable, try educating yourself on Mormonism.
 
2012-12-14 03:13:49 PM

NateGrey: Your little story was so laughable, try educating yourself on Mormonism.


I know quite a bit about the history of the Mormons and it is pretty despicable. On a smaller local scale they tend to take care of their own. That's all I am saying. I don't hold any more or less contempt for them than I do any other large religion. I might be willing to cut the Jews some slack, but they have plenty of dirty laundry too.
 
2012-12-14 04:14:54 PM

jst3p: Depends on the "charity".

Link

10% of a donation made to the Red Cross makes it to victims of tragedy.


An article on Yahoo! news, written by some random contributor, that doesn't link to its source? That's the opposite of a citation. I now doubt your idea more than I otherwise would have because you provided that link.
 
2012-12-15 08:30:08 AM

Mikey1969: heavymetal: Muta: rev. dave: I would like to see Rove do the same. Conservative always argue that charity is their forte. Well lets see some charitable donations in the multi-million dollar levels.

I am sure conservatives make plenty of mutli-million dollar donations. Donations like that keep the Pat Robersons of the world going.

And create garbage like this: Link

Are Lewis and Clark holding hands in that picture?


See, I knew it was propoganda! They are portraying Lewis and Clark as "family values conservatives".
 
2012-12-16 11:11:20 PM
a canned ham that vaguely resembled Republican political strategist Karl Rove.



Vaguely? Heh..
 
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