In the past few weeks, religious groups have gotten a bad rap. And rightly so.
Many religious groups and churches were the driving force behind Proposition 8, the voter initiative that now means the love between some people is worth less to society than the love between the rest of them. Hardly "love thy neighbor as thyself" stuff.
However, that's not the whole story of the religious community.
These groups also do a good deal of good.
Take a look at the Our Town support groups listing -- almost all of the groups meet at churches. Churches and groups give to charity and perform corporal works of mercy year round, even though the general focus in the rest of society is centered on charity during the holidays. They provide a support network for their members. Some even open their community halls on Election Day as polling places.
Without this kind of kind-hearted dedication, our cities would be much more desperate places to live.