I think Religion can be a great thing - and it gets a lot of knocks for always being anti.. Anti-gay, anti-birth control, anti-science. But that isn't what Religion should be about.
A new study (link and article from Salon here) show that the more Religious states, particularly in the South, give more to Charity than less Religious states. Giving to charity is something we all should do when we can. And kudos to those Religions that stress that.