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A NEW CREED FOR HUMANITY PROPOSED FOR
THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES
The new creed presented to the
Federal Council of the Churches
of Christ in America, now in ses
sion in Chicago, indicates that
these churches are working up,
and finding out that they must
get closer to the people in touch
with their daily life.
It may be that some preachers
are finding out why many preach
ers have been preaching to empty
pews, and why so many of the
world's toilers have been weaned
At this Chicago meeting, 32
Protestant denominations and
about 17,000,000 members are
represented. The new social
creed presented for their adop
tion declares that the churches
must take a stand in favor of the
Equal rights and complete
justice for ALL.
Single standard of purity, uni
form divorce laws, regulation of
marriage, proper housing.
Best development of ALL chil
Abolition of child labor.
Regulation of labor of women
to safeguard physical and moral
Abatement and prevention of
Protection of society from
waste of the liquor traffic
Conservation of health.
Protection of workers from
dangerous machinery, occupa
tional disease and death.
Right of all men to opportunity
for self-maintenance, and protec
tion of workers from enforced un
employment. Provision for old age of work
ers and those incapacitated by in
jury. Conciliation and arbitration in
industrial disputes. -
One day's rest a week.
Reduction of hours of labor to
lowest practicable point.
A living wage as a minimum in
every industry, and highest wage,
each industry can afford.
Most equitable division of pro
duct of industry that can W de-
Of course that creed hasn't
been adopted yet, but it indicates
a -progressive movement in the
churches, where it is badly
There has been lots of preach
ing on Sunday, and not much do-,
ing the rest of the week. Topj
many rich pew-renters skinmjTgJ
the people six days a weekj; pn'
putting on soft clothes anda
plug hat and going to church to
pray on Sunday.
Too many preachers forgetting
that the first preachers of Chris
tianity were peasants and fisher
men, and that they were trying to
help the poor instead of bowing
down to the rich.
So the well-paid well-clothed,
well-fed preachers gradually
drove nearly all but the rich out
of their churches w and into the
So it's about time they about
faced, turned their backs on mam
mon and headed toward real