February 17, 2013

Civility Pledges

English: Photographs of the Rally to Restore S...
English: Photographs of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The online atheist community is talking about civility once again. Personally, I think this is a good thing. We should talk about civility every now and then, as long as incivility continues to be an issue. I welcome these discussions.

This time, the discussion is being driven by Daniel Fincke's (Camels With Hammers) lengthy civility pledge. I am glad he wrote this, as it is has already spawned some great discussion. Are civility pledges of some kind necessary? Do they accomplish something meaningful? What should a civility pledge look like? Interesting questions indeed.

I have read Daniel's pledge a couple of times. I agree with much of it. I also disagree with some of it, and I honestly don't understand some of it. Needless to say, I won't be signing it. Instead, I'd like to share my civility pledge, one that I make to myself and my readers.

The Atheist Revolution Civility Pledge

In full recognition that I am an imperfect being who makes mistakes and occasionally does or says irresponsible things out of anger, I strive to treat others how I would like to be treated.

That's all folks.

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