Pledge of Nonviolence

Over four decades ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement with a philosophy and pledge of nonviolence. In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona, Glenn put forth a similar call for nonviolence. Read both below and see the similarities:

First, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Pledge of Nonviolence

Pledge of Nonviolence
1. As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus
2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.
5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Perform regular service for others and the world.
8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.

And here is Glenn’s – you can read the full letter here:

Pledge of Nonviolence

I challenge all Americans, left or right, regardless if you’re a politician, pundit, painter, priest, parishioner, poet or porn star to agree with all of the following.

  1. I denounce violence, regardless of ideological motivation.
  2. I denounce anyone, from the Left, the Right or middle, who believes physical violence is the answer to whatever they feel is wrong with our country.
  3. I denounce those who wish to tear down our system and rebuild it in their own image, whatever that image may be.
  4. I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle, who call for riots and violence as an opportunity to bring down and reconstruct our system.
  5. I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system – regardless of their underlying ideology – whether they come from the Hutaree Militia or Frances Fox Piven.
  6. I hold those responsible for the violence, responsible for the violence.  I denounce those who attempt to blame political opponents for the acts of madmen.
  7. I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle that sees violence as a viable alternative to our long established system of change made within the constraints of our constitutional Republic.

I will stand with anyone willing to sign that pledge.  Today I make a personal choice.  I urge leaders of both sides and all walks of life to join me as all Americans joined hands on 9.12.2001.

  • Clay Adams

    I pledge Glenn

  • StMike1

    Beautiful. I have put this on every news site: with a call to action for all people of good faith and peace here in Dallas county even as our police are attacked. God bless and let’s separate the wheat from the chaff and find out where people truly lie, peace or violence.
    Wrote: May God bless our officers and may the people inside the business and are be safe. Radical answer are not answer and lead to evil. Spiritual answer, MLK, lead to positive changes in the world. Look up his pledge and read it, live it, tattoo it to your heart, whatever your faith maybe it can apply to you too. We have to make the world we want, but if people tell you more violence, more laws, more control, more anger are answers, they lie. Only love, mercy, justice and breaking down barriers will help. Know your local peace officer. He is your community. Shake his or her hand. Look them in the eye. They are here to serve you. Stay safe officers, and yes, pray for the suspects. May God shed light and is a link to read the MLK pledge change it to meet your faith and make a commitment! Republican, Democrat, Independent, Muslim, Jew, Christian Hindu, Wiccan, there is no divide between men and women of peace. Are you a peace warrior? Will you rise to the challenge of peace!

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