Religion: God & Mammon

Never before had the U.S. put so much in the plate. The Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. added up religious bequests and contributions during 1945, announced that for the first time they topped a billion dollars (sum total: $1,035,000,000).

Mammon was still several laps ahead: during 1945 the U.S. spent $7,800,000,000 for alcoholic drinks, $3,000,000,000 for tobacco.


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