The act of giving to God or the church isn’t just uncontroversial, it’s expected of Christians. Tithing — the act of donating one-tenth of one’s earnings — appears rather early in the Bible, in Genesis 14. (For the benefit of our liberal readership, that’s the first book of the Bible, the one with Adam, Eve, Noah, Cain, Abel and most of the other figures in the Good Book you can probably identify who aren’t named Jesus.) Over the centuries of the Christian era, donations from individuals large and small have kept houses of worship operating, fed the poor, established hospitals and maintained missionary activities in foreign lands. In short, as most churchgoers know, money from believers is what takes care of material needs so religious organizations, no matter what their faith, can attend to the spiritual.