Skip to comments.Ignorant Maher: Romney Only Gives to Mormons - 'His Cult'; 'That's Not a Charity
Posted on 04/28/2012 11:50:39 AM PDT by KaslinEdited on 04/28/2012 1:37:33 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Bill Maher on Friday evening once again displayed a level of ignorance and intolerance that should completely disqualify him as a political commentator.
On HBO's Real Time, the vulgar anti-theist said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't give to charity. "All his charitable donations are to Mormons. He gives to his cult. That’s not a charity. They're not poor people" (video follows with transcript and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):
S.E. CUPP: Let's make the distinguish though, just real quick, between Mitt Romney the person and Mitt Romney the politician, because Mitt Romney the person has donated millions of dollars to poor people.
BILL MAHER: To Mormons.
CUPP: To poor people.
MAHER: Not poor people. No, no, no. Wait, wait, I gotta call El Toro Poo Poo on that one.
MAHER: All his charitable donations are to Mormons. He gives to his cult.
CUPP: So what?
MAHER: So what? That’s not a charity. That’s not a charity.
CUPP: So we can’t help certain poor people.
MAHER: They're not poor people.
CUPP: Yes, they are.
MAHER: Name one poor Mormon. Alright, I’ve got to move on.
Now watch one of the most shameless liberal shills in the nation - someone completely comfortable with lying on television without batting an eye to promote his agenda! - actually disagree with Maher and agree with Cupp:
PAUL BEGALA, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST AND CNN CONTRIBUTOR: The church does do a lot of good. The church does a lot of good for a lot of poor people.
MAHER: That is some serious El Toro Poo Poo. That is some El Toro Poo Poo.
CUPP: So we're judging charity now based on religion?
MAHER: I don't really think you should judge charity. I dont think giving to opera is charity either, or giving to Cornell which has plenty of Uncouth Sexual Reference money and never needs any
CUPP (Who also went to Cornell University): Plenty of our money.
Now watch another liberal expose Maher as being a selfish, greedy millionaire:
ANDREW ROSS SORKIN, NEW YORK TIMES: Are you a giver?
SORKIN: Never. Okay.
MAHER: Why should I be? They have a giant endowment - as does President Obama.
Yes, they have a giant endowment because people give money to them. That's how you get an endowment.
But Maher as usual was demonstrating that his ignorance on a variety of subjects knows no bounds.
Observe Romney's charitable giving as reported by the Christian Science Monitor in January:
While Romney is not thought of as a great philanthropist, his rate of giving is considered high. For example, in 2010 he gave $2.9 million or 14 percent of his income to charity. A typical person gives 2 to 3 percent of their income. And people who made $10 million or more typically gave 6.5 percent to charity, according to Roberton Williams of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington.
“Romney’s rate is very high,” says Mr. Williams.
Part of the reason for the high rate of giving is Romney’s contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church. According to the church, members are expected to tithe 10 percent of their income. In Romney’s case, in 2010 he gave $1.5 million, closer to 7 percent of his adjusted gross income. In 2011, he gave $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of his income.
But Romney and his wife also gave a considerable amount of money – some $1.5 million in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011 – to other charities, mainly through the Tyler Charitable Foundation, apparently named for a street Romney and his wife lived on in Belmont, Mass. In 2010, the foundation had more than $10 million in assets.
In 2010, the largest beneficiaries of the Tyler Charitable Foundation included the Mormon Church ($145,000), the Friends of George W. Bush Library ($100,000), and the Center for Treatment of Pediatric MS ($75,000). However, the foundation also made contributions to organizations including the US Equestrian Team Foundation ($10,000), Harvard Business School ($10,000), and Homes for Our Troops ($20,000).
As is plainly evident, Romney doesn't only give to the Mormon Church as Maher ignorantly claimed. But even if he had, like most churches, Latter-day Saint Charities gives substantially to the poor:
Latter-day Saint Charities helps people become self-reliant and improve their quality of life through initiatives such as clean water, health, and food production. Latter-day Saint Charities also relieves suffering by providing life sustaining support during emergencies...100 percent of all donations go to help those in need. No administrative costs are deducted by LDS Philanthropies or our affiliated charities
LDS Charities actually has six charitable categories:
Click on any of those links and you'll find tremendous services for the poor.
Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all."
As such, Maher was 100 percent wrong - AGAIN!
Im not Morman, nor do I want to be, but I know the morman canneries do far more to help the poor, than many of the so-called Food Kitchens and federal programs do
What utter BS. If you think you can back that up, post some sources for the statement. FYI, members are told many times when applying for aid to contact the government agencies first.
did you know that religious charitieds that provide aid to only their own denomination or whatever are not covered by the contraceptive mandate? This usually means Muslim charities.
Yes, that cretin. Not the other one.
Paying taxes to the welfare state is not charity either. It is taken from you by force of law.
Bill Mahrer is a douchebag libertarian who votes socialist.
Those mormon boys are not offering help, they are telling Christians they are abominations and only lds are the true church.
Source for your claim.
I have mormon family and friends and they will tell you very little of their food storage goes to anyone but mornons and they are required to pay it back.
If your are required to pay it back, it is not charity.
No fan fair hahahahah SLC lds have on of the biggest PR machines in the country.
"Latter-day Saint Charities, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an application of this admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need. We have sponsored relief and development projects in 167 countries. This assistance is rendered without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality and is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, selfreliance, and sustainability.
Unique in its support structure, Latter-day Saint Charities has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include food production and processing, grain storage, vocational rehabilitation, donated used clothing, and employment and social services. Largely run with volunteer labor, Latter-day Saint Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments. Last year, over one million mandays of labor were contributed by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.
Latter-day Saint Charities provides emergency relief assistance in times of natural disasters. In addition, our primary community development programs include clean water, neonatal resuscitation training, vision care, wheelchairs, immunizations, food production, and other health programs.
The assistance we render is made possible by generous donations of cash and inkind materials from members and friends of the LDS Church."
And no, I am not a Mormon.
Why bother with Maher?
Bill Maher knows his raison d'être in the media.. preposterous and perverted statements that express the "compassionate" Left's hatred for others (so they don't have to do it); otherwise he's out of a job. He has no talent.
What utter BS. If you think you can back that up, post some sources for the statement. FYI, members are told many times when applying for aid to contact the government agencies first
Can you back that up?
Can you refute it?
What's wrong with this statement? -
"He gives to his cult."
That's actually spot-on. Come on, Maher so seldom gets anything right, you got to give him credit when he finally does.
And he ‘gives’ that because he must in order to keep his raod clear to LDS godhood. But I will say that I have experience with the young men who go on the two year missions. Every team that has ever knocked on my door in the past thrity years has offered to help with tasks they always catch me in the middle of. Sadly, these deluded young men grow up to be Romneys all too often.
Bill Maher gleefully works for the spiritual opposition ...
Mind reading again?
Go ahead a wait.
tooot a looo
I drove people a round this morning. None of them were members of the LDS Church. BTW I would never asked them to pay me back. If i needed a ride some time I may ask them, but not to pay me back. I don't know how your relatives or friends would react to someone asking for a ride.
I stopped at TocoBell for lunch a man tapped on my window in the parking lot and said he was hungry.
I shared my lunch with him. I didn't need three Tocos anyway.
I don't know your relatives or friends so I can not refute what they would do.
Yea, that’s all good, just like the rest of us.
But hey you already knew we were talking about the lds corporation not individuals.
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