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As Christians, are we showing a public image of love and grace? Or do non-believers see us as judgmental, critical and selfish? Read More...
Thousands of people have received notices that their insurance policies are being terminated because they do not meet the minimum standards. These are typically junk policies that are not really insurance at all.
In an 84-page document which is essentially the official platform for his papacy, Pope Francis beseeches politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare". He condemns an economy of exclusion and inequality. Read about his first year.
After years of hands-on philanthropy, Gates exposes 3 myths: 1) Poor countries are doomed to stay poor; 2) Foreign aid is a big waste; 2) Saving lives leads to overpopulation. See interview on Charlie Rose
In reality, nearly 79 percent of the ALS Association’s expenditures were
for purposes that advance its stated mission. Fundraising, overhead and
executive salaries account for no more than 21 percent.
They predict that "the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15
years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve
more than anyone else's." They will have "unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food,
and benefit from mobile banking", driven by
innovation in technology. Goals include making drinking water from sewage, wiping out malaria, polio, HIV, and more.
The 2012 Helping a Hero Gala "raised unprecedented funds", but veterans who lost limbs are incensed that he charged $100,000 plus $20,00 for private jet. Bush's typical speaking fee
is $250,000. These extravagant fees are common for all former presidents.
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver on Sunday set his sights on the people who use religion to make millions and millions of dollars.
Oliver walked through how televangelists take money from vulnerable
and often sick people, and benefit from vague tax policy, which grants
them tax-exempt status even for million-dollar mansions. He then made a
big reveal: He set up his own church to test the limits of the law.
A study by Baylor University researcher Aaron Franzen found frequent
Bible reading predicted greater support for issues ranging from the
compatibility of science and religion, important of seeking social and economic justice, to more humane treatment of
Susie Meister who has a PhD in Religious Studies and campaigned for George W. Bush tells about a shift in her understanding of Scripture after she examined it for herself. Non-judgmental Jesus, who defended a prostitute and ate
with the poor didn't look anything like the politics of the Right.
The Washington Post
found that of the 167 charities to which
Trump had pledged money since 2008, only one donation was actually on
the books -- for less than $10,000.
In May 2016, under pressure from the news media, Trump made good on a pledge he made to veterans, four months earlier: For 15 years Trump has publicly pledged to donate through his various enterprises: “The
Apprentice.” Trump Vodka. Trump University. Etc.If he
had honored all those pledges, his gifts to charity would have
topped $8.5 million. He set up a foundation to funnel donations, but hasn't donated to it since 2009.