Opinion: The vital role of faith-based charities

Thanks to a gaggle of punitive prelates, inciting imams and other quarrelsome clerics, religion is often blamed for wars, conflicts and a range of social ills. Not subsequently, though perhaps relatedly, there are those that question the public benefit of religion, too, and my last column about religion and charity was just such a secularist challenge. Yet to think honestly through an issue, one must often be willing to address uncertainties - perhaps even to be self-contradictory.

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