Religion Contributes Seventeen Times More to America Than it Costs 09/20/2016


Jim Denison | Denison Forum on Truth and Culture
It's not often that an academic report changes the conversation about religion in America, but one just did. Georgetown University professors Brian Grim and Melissa Grim of the Newseum Institute have unveiled their groundbreaking study: "The Socio-economic Contributions of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis." Here's the summary:

• Religion in the US contributes $1.2 trillion each year to our economy and society.
• Despite declining religious affiliation in the American population, religious organizations have tripled the amount of money spent on social programs in the last fifteen years—to $9 billion.
• Religion's $1.2 trillion impact is more than the annual revenues of Apple, Amazon, and Google combined.

The study notes that congregations and religiously affiliated charity groups are responsible for:

• 130,000 alcohol and drug abuse recovery programs.
• 94,000 programs to support veterans and their families.
• 26,000 programs to prevent HIV/AIDS and to support those living with the disease.
• 121,000 programs to provide support or skills training for unemployed adults.

Religion contributes $1.2 trillion each year, religious tax-exemptions cost the US $71 billion. In other words, religion contributes seventeen times more to America than it costs.

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