A recent study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research in Religion found that religion and religious people contribute as much as $1.2 Trillion to the U.S. Economy. At times, it may seem that we live in an age where many want to push religion out of public life and curtail the influence of religious organizations in society.
However, these same institutions and the people that work within them are often the first responders to those in society that are in need. Undermining these institutions would result in a great loss for the country. In this commentary, Christopher White, Associate Director of Catholic Voices, argues that these efforts by religious people and institutions lie at the heart of the American Ideal.