Equal Worth and Dignity

We recognize the inherent worth of every individual. Equal worth implies:
1. that there must be equal protection under the law, and
2. that there must be equality of economic opportunity.

 

Equal Protection under the Law 

We support laws that protect equal worth both domestically and internationally. Our laws have not always provided this protection, as for example in the use of poll taxes to inhibit the right to vote. All people should be treated equally under these laws, except when the laws are providing special support for groups such as disabled persons.

  1. Taxes are the dues that we pay to live in a civilized society. Our laws should make this a shared sacrifice that is equitable. We should reverse the trend that unfairly benefits the wealthiest members of society.
  2. Our democratic system truly represents the people only if everyone participates in the political process. We should inspire a strong sense of citizenship and make it easier for citizens to register and to vote. We should provide more equitable access to the polls across economic groups. We should also find more effective ways to regulate campaign spending with the goal of including candidates from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, not just the very wealthy and those supported by them. 
  3.  All individuals involved in civil unions should have equal legal rights and social benefits regardless of sexual orientation.   
                        

Equality of Economic Opportunity  

  1. We should reorder our social priorities to narrow the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor. Alleviating poverty is essential to the healthy future of democracy in this country and should be an essential part of our national vision.
  2. As an expression of our empathy and compassion, principles shared by all faiths, we should strive to eliminate poverty. Poverty can impair people from exercising their inherent tendencies to express love of family and community and to make contributions to them.
  3. Our government should provide an adequate safety net for vulnerable citizens such as those who lose jobs. They should have access to unemployment insurance, health care and job retraining.  
  4. Our regulations should require ethical and socially responsible behavior in the business world, especially equitable compensation, health benefits, working conditions and protection of retirement funds.