This sounds more radical today than ever. That fact reflects how badly 30 years of Republican dominated politics has warped the soul and the culture of America. But the statement below comes from the 1908 Methodist Social Creed. Read it and be amazed that our ancestors were actually this humane and progressive. Today it is fashionable for Republican politicians to say that feeding the poor is like feeding stray animals. http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=16&mid=5430
The Methodist Episcopal Church stands:
For equal rights and complete justice for all men (people) in all stations of life.
For the principles of conciliation and arbitration in industrial dissensions.
For the protection of the worker from dangerous machinery, occupational diseases, injuries and mortality.
For the abolition of child labor.
For such regulation of the conditions of labor for women as shall safeguard the physical and moral health of the cummunity.
For the suppression of the "sweating system."
For the gradual and reasonable reduction of the hours of labor to the lowest practical point, with work for all; and for that degree of leisure for all which is the condition of the highest human life.
For a release for [from] employment one day in seven.
For a living wage in every industry.
For the highest wage that each industry can afford, and for the most equitable division of the products of industry that can ultimately be devised.
For the recognition of the Golden Rule and the mind of Christ as the supreme law of society and the sure remedy for all social ills.