Thank you to the over 100 entries for our “How Would You Rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance?” Contest! We read through every email and comment, and it was tough to pick the best one. Many of you made simple changes to the current Pledge, such as pledging allegiance to the Constitution instead of the flag, or emphasizing that we are “global citizens” and not just Americans. And of course, some of you preferred to do away with the Pledge altogether! We appreciate everyone taking the time to thoughtfully write a new Pledge and share their opinions.
The winner wrote the winning entry on TheHumanist.com under the name “Deborah”:
I pledge support to the Constitution of the United States of America, and shall uphold the rights and freedoms stated within it for all its citizens.
I will understand, follow, and ever work towards full equality and justice for everyone, without regard to race, gender, or personal beliefs.
I will respect myself.
I will respect others.
I will respect this world, and all other things that live upon it.
I will always seek knowledge and truth, and shall use it to benefit the world I live in.
I will remember my rights and responsibilities, and always try to live honorably and well, in this country and wherever I may go.
Thank you, Deborah! Please email senior editor Maggie Ardiente at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize: a free book of your choice from Humanist Press!
And since there were many excellent entries, here are a few Honorable Mentions:
I pledge to be a good person, to be kind to others and to identify and appreciate the best qualities of my country.
I pledge to be loyal to the idea that all Americans are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I pledge respect for the laws of society and a willingness to help change any that do not measure up to the nation’s goals of equal opportunity, justice and due process for all.
I pledge to safeguard the absolute separation of church and state at all levels of government.
I pledge to take responsibility for my health and the quality of my life by living a healthy lifestyle on a foundation of reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.
I pledge to always ask what I can do for my country and what together we can do for the freedom of humankind.
I pledge to honor the rights of all humanity without bias toward race or age or social standing or gender or sexual identity. I pledge myself to compassion for others and non-violence toward fellow creatures. I pledge to work for equal rights and general welfare of citizens of the United States of the world.
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, symbolized by the Flag, and to the rights and responsibilities it demands. I will be an informed and active citizen, defending those rights, and meeting those responsibilities, to ensure liberty and justice for all.
—Harry F., Fairfax, VA
I pledge allegiance to the founding Ideals of the United States of America: that all people are created equal, that we each possess the right to life, to liberty and to the pursuit of happiness; that our government derives its power from our joint consent, freely given; and that it is the right and duty of all citizens of the United States to petition, to confront, and even to rise up against our government, should it seek to unjustly suppress these rights. I acknowledge that we, as a nation and as individuals, have not always fully embraced these Ideals for all members of our nation, and I personally commit to furthering the implementation of these Ideals to which we aspire.
I pledge allegiance to the idea that all are created equal.
And to the planet on which we stand, one nation, indivisible.
With liberty and justice for all.
I pledge allegiance to my neighbors and my community, at home and throughout the world. I pledge to exercise common sense and reason, and to treat others with the respect and courtesy I wish to receive in turn. I will not turn a blind eye to injustice or bigotry. I recognize that I am an important part of a global community, and I will consider the repercussions of my actions beyond my own walls. Those who wish to have my allegiance will show their allegiance in return. At no time will I follow a direction I know to violate the principles of my pledge.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in our contest!