Steve Walker

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Pledge generates support

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I received the following in my email this morning:

“The pledge, created by J Christie, read: ‘I will arrange for
my MP to receive a copy of Richard Dawkins’ book “The God
Delusion” but only if 645 other people (one per UK
constituency) will do the same for other MPs.’ The 646th person
has signed the pledge, just moments ago.”

I signed this pledge a couple of months ago at another of Tom Steinberg’s web sites aimed at promoting citizens’ action. I must admit to being impressed but slightly surprised that some has committed to doing this for every MP in the country. I’m in some pretty esteemed company, too, if the list of signatories is to be believed: as well as Dawkins himself, there’s Sir Bernard Crick. Humanist organisations in N. Ireland also seem particularly active.

It will be interesting to see how much (if any) mainstream press coverage is generated by this, compared with that generated by the petition on road pricing generated by another of his ideas. There are plenty of other successful pledges (you can see them via the site). Most are pretty modest: the God Delusion pledge was perhaps the most ambitious yet (in terms of the number and distribution of people required, if not the ambition of the objective). It’ll be interesting to see if and how this develops as a form of social and political action.

Off to the bookshop tomorrow, then.



Written by Steve

March 25, 2007 at 3:59 pm

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