Syracuse University professor, Arthur Brooks, "The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated in the liberal arts, Brooks has written a book that concludes religious conservatives donate far more money than secular liberals to all sorts of charitable activities, irrespective of income."
He writes in his new book "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism" that: "conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear
families and reject the notion that the government should engage in
income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.
Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone's tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don't provide them with enough money.
The belief that conservatives are mean, nasty and unwilling to be charitable, don't care about the poor or unwell, has always seemed to me to be a myth dropped into political conversation in order to win points and was not at all true. Brooks, who claims that his data, accumulated over the past decade from more than ten data bases, is almost unhappy with his findings.
"These are not the sort of conclusions I ever thought I would reach when I started looking at charitable giving in graduate school, 10 years ago," he writes in the introduction. "I have to admit I probably would have hated what I have to say in this book."
In the end, he points out quite strongly that that liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.