Here are the 49 organizations, 87 government officials, and 381 public figures that have signed the pledge.
Peter HarrisonWebsiteShort Introduction Video (30 Seconds)Facebook
I\'m a businessman, software engineer, and scientist, three areas of endeavor where reliable facts and evaluating those facts carefully lead to good decisions and successful outcomes. I believe good legislation and policy is advised by good science, not legislation that dictates what scientists can say or replaces them with industry lobbyists who advocate for short term profits that harm our population and future health. And, finally, I believe the Pro-Truth Pledge is a Pro-America Pledge because a nation built on deception cannot faithfully follow or defend our Constitution.
Mary WilsonFacebookTwitterMary Wilson for Congress
I want candidates and elected officials to be held to high standards. We should be able to give straightforward answers to constituent questions. Currently, we have a president who has a tangential relationship with the truth, at best. It has caused confusion at home and abroad, making it difficult for policy makers to determine a consistent path. It is one thing to have a difference of opinion on policies and issues that matter to all of us, it is an entirely different thing when we cannot trust our elected officials or candidates. Our country deserves better and candidates need to deliver better.
Scott MilderFacebookTwitterScott Milder for Texas Lieutenant Governor
Restore truth and civility to governance.
Kevin Landers10 TV profile
It’s the right thing to do
Clay JonesPrism Podcast
I work as a broadcaster and educator, and believe this is one of the most important issues of today.
Rhoda WilliamsVoter Pamphlet
Abby HaferSpeaker profile
We want to reassure our supporters and the general public that we will only publish vetting articles and cite our sources. We will never publish \\\"Fake News\\\".
I am the author of the best selling book Radical Honesty and 6 other books about being honest with each other is our only hope.
Jelena LeviEuropean Skeptics Podcast
Hispanic American FreethinkersWebsite
To move forward, we must first agree on where we are and where we've been. Today, that simple proposition is growing harder and harder. The world is an increasingly confusing place, but we have it in our power to make sense of it all if we pledge to think critically and listen. The Pro-Truth pledge could finally return us to a common set of facts, acknowledged by all.
Bich Ha PhamWebsite
I signed the pledge because the truth matters, even when we disagree with it.
Media Bias Fact CheckFacebookTwitterWebsite
Media Bias Fact Check strives to be evidence based and to present facts without bias.
Society for Humanistic MormonismWebsite
I signed the pledge because I\'m a college professor, and truthfulness is the bedrock on which all scholarly inquiry rests.
Intellectual and scientific integrity is critical to advancing society.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Mind of the Market, How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil. His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for Immortality, the Afterlife, and Utopia. His two TED talks, viewed nearly 8 million times, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2000 TED talks.
The assault on truth and on respect for expertise may be the most durable threat to democracy that Americans face. Academics have a special responsibility to help distinguish truth from \"truthiness\" from \"bullshit\"
As a scientist, I believe in representing reality as best as we can apprehend it and believe a society that bases its culture on reality will be more likely to thrive than one that edits and distorts it to conform to an ideology.
Natalie Obrecht LindemannFaculty page
Joshua SchwartzFaculty page
Without truth, we have nothing. Making truth-based decisions is the only way we keep this country heading in the right direction, and with misinformation more prevalent than ever, a commitment to the truth is more important than ever.
Nik RokopFacebookLinkedInMy faculty website
I signed the pledge to join and support a diverse group of people who also make decisions and act on facts and truth as much as humanly possible.
To make accurate assessments of states of the world, analysts and sociologists, scientists and laypersons require true and accurate information. Without true and accurate information, the decisions are made without informed knowledge (informed consent). Parties are agreeing to statements/ideas/stances without questioning their own positions and without appealing to rigour. This must not continue
Kevin KrahenbuhlResearch Gate
Kristen TruempyFacebookLinkedInThe Positive Psychology Podcast
It\'s a worthy and timely initiative. I was approached by Dr Gleb Tsipursky and he stated that the podcast already adheres to the guidelines.
Casey DormanLost Coast Review
John JohnsonFacebookLinkedInMy Website
I am a scientist, engaged in a lifelong search for accurate and reliable knowledge about human beings and our place in the universe. As a member of the scientific community, I strive to discover what is true and I depend upon others to share their truthful accounts of their own research. But my mission is undermined by those who deny the current scientific consensus on any issue and spread disinformation about it simply because that consensus interferes with their personal and political interests or contradicts what their wishful thinking. I took the Pro-Truth Pledge to emphasize my own commitment to be truthful and to encourage others to be truthful as well.
Lauren GriffinTwitterMy website
I signed the pledge because the politicization of facts, expertise, and information has a corrosive effect on our society and damages our democracy. Change has to start with us.
Kathie AlenFacebookTwitterOfficial Campaign Website
I signed the pledge because restoring truth and integrity to government is the most important issue for me. I am also a family physician trained in science who wants data-driven soutions to policy decisions. I am dismayed by the undermining of science and ethics exhibited by the Trump Administration.
Rick Shenkman is the editor of the History News Network. His newest book is "Political Animals: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics."
N. J. Enfield
I am Head of the University of Sydney's Post-Truth Initiative: 'This Sydney Research Excellence Initiative examines fake news, alternative facts, lies, bullshit, and propaganda, with the aim to understand them, and to advise on how the truth might survive in this climate.' http://www.posttruthinitiative.org http://www.nickenfield.org
Fermenting Opinions is a podcast hosted by David Popiden and James McVeigh. David works in special education and leans left politically. James is an attorney who leans right and identifies as a Libertarian. It is the mission of Fermenting Opinions to promote civil discourse in political debate in an attempt to bridge the political divide that is currently plaguing the United States. To promote this mission, Fermenting Opinions utilizes a traditional interview format that presents questions to guests from both sides of the political aisle. In essence, as David tells us at the start of every podcast, Fermenting Opinions is the podcast in search of a more palatable political ferment.
I took the pledge simply because I believe in the mission behind it - truthful communication and action driven by rational thinking.
I'm taking the Pro-Truth Pledge because truth is something that should never be taken for granted. I may have, at times, repeated something casually without checking its veracity or avoided acknowledging a fact because it was uncomfortable (like that one right there). By taking this pledge, I am prioritizing truth above pride and reminding myself that even if the world is not always honest, I can be if I try. I am acknowledging that finding the truth is not easy - millions of researchers dedicate their lives to that endeavor. It is worth aspiring to. Truth, fairness, and peace - all easy to advocate for, but in honesty, require work and perpetual vigilance to achieve.
After an interview with Gleb on my podcast, I was extremely ready to take this pledge. All public figures, politicians, and journalists, should be held to a higher standing when it comes to being honest with the public. It's our responsibility to be part of the solution. The state of the "truth" in this country is of utmost importance to our future as a nation. https://twitter.com/wikileaksonweed https://www.patreon.com/wikileaksonweed
It is time to recognise that much of what is said in the media and by politicians is at best partial and at worst wholly inaccurate. If we teach people to automatically question every piece of information they read, in other words to become information and media literate we can help create a society which believes nothing unless it is properly evidenced, balanced and stated in a reasoned way. We can do this by giving people the tools of information and media literacy early in their educational career. In so doing we will enable people to build their own psychological immune system or 'cognitive firewall' and begin to make them immune to the viruses of post-truth and alternative facts. https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=UwsIXpUAAAAJ&hl=en
It is important for us to keep facts and science at the forefront of our culture. https://www.facebook.com/jedwallsphd/
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If elected, and in my daily life, I pledge to tell the truth and work to make sure transparency is pro-actively achieved. Just because something is available online, doesn't mean it's transparent if no one can find it through a simple search. https://www.facebook.com/VoteGinger4Richland/ https://www.facebook.com/ginger.wireman https://www.facebook.com/VoteGinger4Richland/ http://gingerwireman4richland.info/
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With as many rumors and exaggerated lies being spread throughout the internet and television networks, it is important to be able to speak the truth and call out lies. It is equally important to admit when one has been duped, so that others can be spared from spreading falsehoods. https://www.facebook.com/Piratebobkat https://www.facebook.com/Kate4Council
As a Writer and Educator, I took the Pro-Truth Pledge to declare my belief in the inimitable value of Truth. I believe that Truth is the only force capable of commandeering indifference for the sake of quelling apathy. In my field of Equine Welfare, the absence of factual information has served as a death sentence for tens of thousands of horses. Without transparency, it is impossible to determine an effective and ethical course of action. Hidden agendas veiled in half-truths are catalysts to promulgate cognitive dissonance. I believe in the goodness of people. I believe that informed and educated people will make better choices for humanity, our non-human co-habitants, and the environment. And, I believe with all my heart that the Truth, more than any other virtue, has the power to embolden us to create a kinder, freer, and more just future.
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http://www.angiecadena.com/ http://prof.acadena.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/anjelitacadena/
I study the impact of misinformation on people's memory, reasoning, and decision making, as well as ways to counteract misinformation. Fighting misinformation requires a concerted effort; thus we need initiatives like this one to build social norms around pro-truth behaviours, encourage people to to speak up whenever misinformation is encountered, and build trust in trustworthy sources. Website: www.cogsciwa.com ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ullrich_Ecker Twitter: twitter.com/UlliEcker
Reality is our common ground. By seeking true beliefs we can move forward together. See: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Seeking_True_Beliefs
http://www.voteallenmiller.com/ http://www.atmlawoffice.com/ https://www.facebook.com/allen.t.miller
Miriam R. B. AbbottFacebook
The Note GazetteWebsite
Every hour of every day, high quality journalism is happening in newsrooms throughout the world, including right here in Columbus and Ohio. Stories are being produced that are informative, educational, thought-provoking, poignant and 100 percent factual. In other words, news. Not real news, just news. Let’s not get lured into a victim’s narrative that says there’s nothing we can do about fake news and let’s not use fake news as a crutch for defending our opinions rather than doing the hard work of verifying and justifying the arguments we’re making and the information we’re putting forth as factual. https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/08/31/from-the-publisher-consumers-share-responsibility.html https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickfortine/ https://twitter.com/nfortineBiz1st
Glenn Caz CazenaveFacebook
I took this pledge because we need accountable leaders who will be honest, forthcoming and transparent in their service to the community. With the constant attacks on journalism and truth, in general, we need to help work hard to restore the people's faith in government and the media. Thank you for leading this charge and I'm honored to sign the Pro-Truth Pledge! - Tristan Rader http://www.tristanrader.com/
I direct the Language Sciences Research Lab located inside of the COSI science museum: https://u.osu.edu/thebln/language-pod/ One of our goals is to help the public understand how science works and to promote a pro-science world.
I took the pledge because the truth is critical to the functioning of democracy. Anything less is a profound disservice to our society and the world.
Abdulrasheed Saleh MichikaFacebook
I am a cognitive scientist with an interest in computational modeling. That is, I try to understand how the mind works by writing computer simulations of our memory and decision-making processes. Recently, I have become interested in how people update their memories if things they believe turn out to be false. This has led me to examine the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread. I have become particularly interested in the variables that determine whether or not people accept scientific evidence, for example surrounding vaccinations or climate science. http://www.bris.ac.uk/expsych/people/stephan-lewandowsky/index.html More biographical detail including a list of all my scholarly publications can be found on my academic homepage at www.cogsciWA.com. I also blog at http://www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org/ on matters relating to climate change and global challenges. (On Twitter I am @STWorg).
I welcome this pledge because it explicitly states key ingredients of an open, honest discourse that is seeking the truth. These points almost go without saying and (I assume) are taken for granted by most of us in academia. Nevertheless we are now increasingly faced with actors in public discourse who are not acting in good faith and who try to misinform. An example from my field of expertise is those who deny human-caused global warming by twisting and cherry-picking evidence. Therefore it is important to remind everyone of the basic ethics essential for an honest and productive debate, without which an open democratic society cannot thrive.
I am a psychologist whose research has shown that analytic thinking helps inoculate against misinformation, fake news, and pseudo-profound bullshit. I support any effort that aims to get people thinking about truth and evidence.
Go vegan. http://alexiabohwim.blogg.no/
Improving the accuracy of our knowledge does not happen by accident. It requires continuous effort. http://blog.rbutr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/logo.png
My name is Chelsea Rustad, and I am a member of the Socialist Party USA running for Tumwater City Council position 5. I was invited to take the Pro-Truth Pledge by a member of my local Olympia IWW, and felt it was a fantastic opportunity to emphasize the importance of critical thinking, citing sources, science-based expertise, and due diligence by all candidates and elected officials to represent facts and truthfulness to the best of their ability. I am of the opinion that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, because we have already witnessed the biased distortion of the facts in corporate media sources, lobbyist-influenced politicians under the control of big donors, lies of omission, and misleading clickbait floating around in social media. Therefore, all elected officials must demonstrate the integrity, impartiality, and forthrightness necessary to provide wise and informed leadership, and to make the right decisions for the future. The truth always matters!
College of CuriosityFacebookTwitterWebsite
Facts matter, and they're under attack by those who thinks their values are more important than objective reality. The College of Curiosity pledges to never knowingly share false information, and to correct any mistakes as quickly and as accurately as possible.
Yes We Can ColumbusFacebookTwitterWebsite
The leadership of Yes We Can Columbus support the mission of the Pro-Truth Pledge wholeheartedly! Fair, unbiased information can be difficult to find. This is particularly true in political campaigning at the local level where there are often only one or two news sources covering local politics, if any. Yes We Can Columbus is committed to making civic engagement more accessible in Columbus by raising awareness around issues that matter to working people. We want to our city officials tackling complex problems like income inequality and corporate welfare, police violence, climate change, and inequities in public education. To have this, we need an educated and engaged constituency. We are grateful to the Pro-Truth Pledge for promoting democratic values by holding politicians and candidates accountable to the truth.
I took the pledge because I want the people of Columbus to have access to fair, accurate information when making their voting choices in local elections. https://www.harkinsforccs.com/
I'm taking the pledge because I believe everyone in Columbus deserves access to accurate information to inform their vote in local elections. https://www.facebook.com/upchurchforccssboe/ https://www.upchurchforccs.com/
I took the pledge because I believe the people of Columbus deserve access to accurate information to inform their voting in local elections. https://www.facebook.com/AbbyVaileForColumbus/
I think politicians should be accountable for the claims they make. City Council members should be giving weekly press conferences, and the city’s website should be more transparent. http://www.yeswecancolumbus.org/member/jasmine-ayres/ https://ayresforcolumbus.com/
I think we need to be honest about our challenges in order to build a better future. That's a commitment every public servant should be ready to make. http://www.yeswecancolumbus.org/member/will-petrik/ https://www.willpetrik.org/
Tell the truth: sounds like a good idea. https://www.johnpetersforthe12th.com/ https://www.facebook.com/JohnPetersforThe12th/?ref=bookmarks
Facts matter, and they're under attack by those who thinks their values are more important than objective reality. I, and the College of Curiosity pledge to never knowingly share false information, and to correct any mistakes as quickly and as accurately as possible.
Our Revolution: Salt Lake and Surrounding CountiesFacebookTwitterWebsite
We are taking the pledge because we, as a group, believe truth, in the media, politics, and our work as a group, is of utmost importance. By signing the pledge, we hope to help encourage our elected officials to join us in signing and holding each other accountable.
It is critical that in an era where the President is constantly lying about miniscule, easily disprovable things to disorient and distract us that we recenter our public discourse on facts and reality. Disagreements are not new, and will always be present, but these disagreements must be grounded in truth and facts. Only then will once again achieve the civil, high-minded discourse that seems to evade us at present.
I believe in data-based decision making and factual discussion. https://www.melissamanrow.com/
C Keiki Stacy WeigleTwitter
Running for the Mayor of Midvale, Utah, potentially the first transgender mayor of a sizable city http://www.sophiahawes.com/blog http://www.sophiahawes.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SophiaForMidvaleMayor/?ref=br_rs
Candidate for Cottonwood Heights, Utah City Council District 3 https://www.facebook.com/TaliBrucePublicServant http://www.talibruce.com/
When our elected officials lie, it could really mean the difference between life and death. Our elected officials lied about the ACA for over 7 years. This lie has shaped public opinion and policy. We must hold our elected officials accountable when they do not tell the truth and support them when they do, even if it's not politically expedient to do so. https://darlenemcdonald.com/ https://facebook.com/Darlene4Congress
I took the pledge as I'm sick of seeing lies and deceit in the news, particularly on social media - it's all so depressing. On my podcast Amy Talks Politics, I address this regularly, as people believe a lot of 'fake news' and updates that aren't true. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/amy-talks-politics/id1244474143?mt=2 Follow the show on social media! http://twitter.com/amytalksp http://facebook.com/amytalkspolitics
I took the pro-truth pledge because I think misrepresentation of news and information by the media is a problem of ever-increasing magnitude. I want to support efforts to promote honesty in journalism and politics. I hope that more politicians will be encouraged to sign this pledge as more of their constituents sign on, and hopefully this will help hold them to a higher standard.
We face some tough problems in America, and knowing how to address them adequately requires first understanding them fully. To do so, we need honest and substantive discussion on all important issues, and not merely superficial and frequently argumentative partisan talking points. Unfortunately, those have become the norm, and we need to actively resist by behaving civilly, being willing to engage in discussions with those with whom we may disagree, and to hold our elected representatives responsible to do the same.
I became a political strategist because I value our representative democracy and the ideals democracy implies. For a democratic state to work, participants must promote open dialogue, consensus building, accountability, and a preference for truth. Rejection of truth, suppression, of science, and partisanship in spite of the facts are not conducive with justice, equitable representation for all, fact-based policy, or the best interests of the people. We have a moral responsibility to demand honesty from our elected officials, their consultants, and public figures who play a major role in writing our social and political narratives. If we truly value democracy, being Pro-Truth is our only option.
It\'s a simple pledge, to help correct a serious problem. I\'m happy to refer to this pledge in all my public discourse and what I claim to be is my understanding of the truth.
Joseph E. Donlan, PhDWebsite - Ordaining Reality
Church of the Basement DragonFacebookTwitterWebsite
This is signed on behalf of the entire body of volunteers and administrators of the Basement Dragon. We are committed to the truth, the facts, and the evidence, no matter what any of them are or where they may lead. The world we live in is best navigated by knowing and abiding by what is evidently true, and not by that which is either not evidently true, or by what is evidently false. We will not forget, nor allow others to forget, that the truth is always there to be found, no matter what people believe, nor will we shirk our duty to inform people of the facts, however unpleasant they may be. Better the hard truth than comforting lie.
Conor RobinsonFoundation Beyond Belief
As a researcher, pro-truth has been not just important to me in politics, but an essential and critical way to engage with the world. Policy should be evidence informed, and not based on hyperbole or belief systems.
Matthew DeMelloMuck Rack.com
Getting Better FoundationFacebookTwitterWebsite
Our mission at the Getting Better Foundation is to promote trust through education about positive trends in human behavior. Truth is our highest value. The power of our message is propelled by the integrity of our organization. Honesty and attention to detail are the foundations for building our credibility. At Phelps, a marketing communications company, Truth is our highest value. We work only for companies whose products and services make the world a better place. That will happen only if Truth is an important part of their mission. Joe Phelps, Founder of Phelps and the Getting Better Foundation
I have a book coming out in February which will make the case for truth and reason – it’s called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Rev. Bill WeirFacebook
National Compass, an online news magazine, shares with Intentional Insights, the values of promoting facts above ideology when covering stories involving elected officials, government agencies and private individuals. A core of our mission is providing readers accurate information vetted by consulting responsible reporters and journalists in the field and fact checking the information and data from multiple credible sources. We were disturbed by the proliferation of clickbait, rumors and hoaxes perpetrated during the national elections and committed to be part of the solution and not a facet of the ongoing problem. We wholeheartedly embrace and endorse the mission of the Pro-Truth Pledge and are honored to be part of the revolution both individually and corporately. http://www.nationalcompass.net/2017/06/21/mexican-officials-drug-cartel-partners-target-journalists-death/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2017/07/12/north-koreas-icbm-launch-reaction-risks-russias-alternate-facts/
Awesome Astronomy took the pledge as soon as we heard about it. In doing so we have the opportunity to stand up for truth at such a critical time when the creation and dissemination of falsehoods is so prevalent. By taking the pledge, and abiding by its principals we can not only help combat falsehoods and inaccuracies in print and online, but also encourage our fans to commit to the core principals of sharing, honouring and encouraging truth too.
There is a lack of ethics, morals, and values in our culture. My bachelor's degree is in science. I do not tolerate the depreciation of facts. The people who lie need to be held accountable. I work in a public school system teaching impressionable young children it is unacceptable to lie, yet people in power dismiss my words and undermine me daily. How do I explain what's going on in our federal government to my students? The corruption is out of control.The Constitution was written to give the citizens of this country authority. Elected officials should be servants of citizens representing their best interests, not the best interests of corporations or the government officials themselves. Now is our time for the grassroots movement to choose our people and our planet with respect, dignity, and TRUTH.
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As a physician with a long-time, deeply serious, professional interest in biomedical and professional ethics, and more broadly in ethical conduct in all aspects of life, I applaud this effort as a citizen and as a candidate for public office.
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Hashtag Truth Is Good! http://www.carpenterformissouri.com/
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I am a philosopher, author and blogger who has an interest in truth. In fact, my life's ambition is to move inexorably closer to something like an objective truth (if one exists). It is also in my best interests, as one advocating for rational, empiriclly-based opinion-, argument- and policy-making. My blog, "A Tippling Philosopher" and all of my books and talks are, in some sense (I truly hope), manifestations of trying to achieve the goal of being as truthful and honest with not only everyone I am appealing to but, just as equally, to myself.
Few things are as important as speaking the truth. We can make progress as a society only to the extent that we can trust each other, and that we use checks and balances to keep us honest. I hope everyone will make truth a priority in their lives. http://www.maryjohnson.co (not .com, just .co) http://twitter.com/_MaryJohnson http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/a-brief-resurrection.html?ref=lives&_r=0
As an author ("In Freedom We Trust"; Prometheus Books) and former leader of two different national groups (Council for Secular Humanism and American Atheists), frequent speaker, writer of essays and letters, and debater, I have grappled often with the problems addressed by the Pro-Truth Pledge. Everyone, regardless of stances on religion, politics, social values, science, and the environment, can be effective only if care is taken about sources, being critical of claims even when those claims support one's preferences, and tentative about his own claims. Peer review, in science and academe, is not just a traditional good habit--it is crucial to the integrity of the institutions and reputations of the people involved, and necessary for progress toward better understanding. See, for more about me (these are merely examples from many online sources): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Buckner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4NFDUw6RE4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw0_wYS7PE0
Dan BarkerFreedom from Religion Foundation
As a host of Secular Nation Podcast, I feel it is of the utmost importance to report legitmate facts grounded in reality. Institutions and individuals can not improve if they are led by false information. This includes my podcast. Having a public and transparent process for my listeners to hold me to account insures I dont fall into a Post Truth bubble. This is why I am taking the pledge. You can keep me honest by contacting me through email at email@example.com or tweeting at me @secularjak.
I took the pledge to acknowledge the steps all of us should take if we have a blog, write for the media, or share items with our friends. Facts, and truths coming from those facts, have no political bias. One way to address the deep political divisions in this country is to make sure we have the facts and that we share the truth in public. I write for a personal blog, a church and state blog, and I volunteer as co-chair for the Secular Coalition for Ohio. I personally make sure to fact check any information I put out in public and retract any information that turns out not be true. http://www.dougberger.net/ http://www.secularleft.us http://states.secular.org/states/ohio
As a podcaster and radio host for programs that support rational thought and humanism, I want to believe as many true things as possible, and as few false things as possible. The Pro-Truth pledge is my pledge to do just that in all my interactions. www.facebook.com/transatheistpod https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atheists-talk-radio-show/id541834599?mt=2
As a host of a skeptical podcast, and leader of Pikes Peak Atheists, I am proud to add my name to the growing list of those who respect the truth over political affiliation, religious conviction, social position, or economic stature. My dedication to what is true, regardless of previously held beliefs, will hopefully be an inspiration to those mired in political double speak, religious motivation, and any other form of self-serving methodology. Let the record show that I am dedicated to what is true, no matter the consequences, because an educated society clears a path for the intellectually honest to lead us to ever greener pastures. -Skeptic Bret-
I signed the Pro-Truth pledge because I want to encourage skeptical and critical thinking, especially when it comes to politics and political behavior. I understand why this issue is very important for Americans — Donald Trump basically memed his way into the White House by being the king of fake news. However, this issue has impacted Iranian politics a lot as well. We used to be a nation under foreign influence. We were never officially colonized, but there has been times that our regimes were the puppets of foreign countries, mostly the UK, and at times when our country was divided as a sphere of influence between the British and Russians. Because of this history conspiracy theories are very prevalent among Iranians: in 1979, the revolutionaries were convinced that they were toppling a regime that was the puppet of the USA, and the Shah was equally convinced that the USA was behind the revolutionaries. Whenever a public figure dies, people begin attributing their death to assassination. The regime likes to blame everything on foreign meddling — usually on the “Zionists”, while the opposition blame everything on a conspiracy of the regime. The latest example was the recent terror attacks in Tehran, when many people called them false flag attacks. There’s a strong link between a conspiratorial mind and a totalitarian mind. And critical thinking is the tool of a free person, transparency and seeking the truth is paramount for a democratic society: for the freedom of press, for the ideal of informed choice. To me, having a pro-truth attitude and promoting skepticism in the place of credulity is an integral part of my activism as a pro-democracy reformist. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marginoferr/
Money, lies, manipulation, and corruption are the norm in our political system. I might not agree with everyone's opinion on the issues, but I'm always happy to have a debate based on FACTS. I'm tired of the disinformation. I'm tired of trying to discuss the direction of the country with people who have deeply held beliefs based on lies. It's time for voters to demand the truth. We need HONEST debate about the future of our nation.
The Wayward Willis Podcast strives to present information in an entertaining way, but promises to research, analyze, and relay the information truthfully and coherently. We will not spread stories known to be false or that originate from sources known to generate misinformation and/or confusion. We will, wherever necessary, offer corrections and/or clarification for our podcast episodes. We will not purposely misinform or incite our listeners, nor will we unduly malign or release the personal information of a person without their consent. The truth is the most important resource we have.
As a host on a podcast, I strive to bring the most honest content to our listeners and work to hold other public figures accountable for their words. http://secularyakking.com/ https://twitter.com/secularyakking https://www.facebook.com/secularyakking/
As a podcaster, I feel it is my responsibility to provide the most accurate information to my listeners. That is why I use reliable sources and fact check the articles before posting them or using them in the show. Since our show has a slight political bent, we want to make sure public officials are being called out whenever they making incorrect or dishonest claims. That is why Secular Yakking supports and promotes the Pro-Truth Pledge. http://secularyakking.com/ https://www.facebook.com/secularyakking/ https://twitter.com/
I took the pledge because it simply makes sense and reflects the values I've already had for the past 20+ years. Words should mean something, and as Kant would point out, how you use them either contributes to or undermines the moral foundations of society.
Jordan P. Cooper, Host of PublicInterestPodcast.com, has long valued public service. Jordan has been involved with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the public and private sectors in hospitals, health insurance organizations, advocacy groups, the state legislature, and physician groups. Jordan ran as a Democratic Candidate for Delegate in the 2014 election cycle and is running again in 2018: www. Cooper4MD.com. He served as the President of the Luxmanor Citizens Association (2013-2014) and as the Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Customer Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Rockville Selective Service Board. He is an Area Coordinator in District 16 for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and is a member of the District 16 Democratic Board. Jordan has degrees from JHSPH and Vassar College. http://www.publicinterestpodcast.com/
Lynda Paquette (Lamp)Website
I am an author and speaker; my pen name is Lynda Lamp. I\'m writing a handbook for humanity for living consciously in the 21st Century, titled: Walking Through Your Walls, Loving Yourself and Everyone Else! In Volume I, currently available in hardback and ebook, I focus on how we find the truth. Taking the Pro-Truth Pledge seems like second nature to me. The protection of our freedom of speech in the Constitution was not put there to protect lies and misrepresentations. There is a difference between the form of freedom of speech that is protected, versus the people who want to use the protection to allow themselves to spread lies and misinformation. We must insist on truth, we must pursue truth, we must protect truth.
I might be a candidate for IL State Rep in 2018. https://medium.com/@valrendel_88615
My name is Cliff Hansen and I am the host of the Just Us Podcast which is allied with Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress. We are working to elect politicians who are accountable to the people instead of corporations by running primary candidates against every single corporate incumbent. While I feel we need to hold them financially accountable, I love the idea of the Pro-Truth Pledge because it holds them accountable to their words as well. In addition to politicians, I have had employers lie and order me to lie. Even job titles and resumes have lost any meaning as deceit is encouraged if not required. This trend toward Newspeak must end, and as with all things, that happens by individuals taking a step in the right direction. So I will take the pledge and encourage the politicians I endorse to be similarly accountable. I may also, someday, get the guts to request HR and my bosses to take the pledge as well, but don't count on it! https://justicedemocratspodcast.wordpress.com/ https://irrsa.wordpress.com/
I am taking the Truth Pledge because I will tell the truth and I want the truth. I want to hear the concerns of residents in my town and take action to fix them. Thank you.
I am an consultant and author who works on issues of diversity, inclusion and leadership with a specialty in addressing unconscious bias. I believe the truth is critical to our developing a greater sense of consciousness about our attitudes and behaviors. Keep up the good work!
August Brunsman IVTwitter
Executive Director Secular Student Alliance www.secularstudents.org
I am the cohost of the Real Atheology Podcast. We take the pursuit of truth for its own sake as paramount. We wholly support the efforts of those involved with Pro-Truth Pledge, and are excited to help contribute. I have been using the facebook hashtag #MakeFactsMatterAgain to emphasis fact-based policy, and clear and impartial reasoning regarding those facts.
I am a podcaster. My show is Atheism 101. We advocate truth and accuracy in all that we do. Join us http://atheism101podcast.com/
Matt Van Dyke
I am the creator of the Podcast, ORLYRADIO (Oh Really Radio). The show\'s tag line, \"where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’!\" is the best description of what I try to accomplish with my panelists. I recognize that we have biases and that humans are not the most rational beings. It takes effort to be accurate and we take the time to dig past the headlines and soundbites. It\'s not very glamorous, or even entertaining, but it\'s informative. Facts exist outside of our biases, and facts matter. The world we live in needs to be able to trust those in power to be rational actors deriving their decisions from facts not tweets. As a citizen of the United States, a father, and podcaster, I pledge to stand for truth (the fact based rational kind) in all that I do to set an example for those that I influence. If you would like to support my show, find us in your podcast app and at https://www.orlyradio.com.
I am taking the pledge to affirm my stance that truth is the pillar of journalism, politics and society. I take the pledge to hold myself accountable and make the encouragement of truth a part of my daily life. I hope I can inspire others to do the same, I invite everyone to join our dialogue at Orlyradio.com and to make sure we stay on task.
Hi! I'm one of the cohosts on a podcast where we dismantle current events for peoples edutainment. We are all proudly taking this pledge as it is our goal to provide the most honest and accurate information as possible. We will stand proudly with all those who promote the truth and hope to also be a beacon of honesty in our modern day sea of often inaccurate or misrepresented information. If you're interested in what we do, please check us out at the link below! https://orlyradio.com/
As Editor in Chief of National Compass, I signed the pledge for the reason that during last year\'s national elections and the campaign season that preceded it, America had become inundated with misinformation, outright fiction and unsubstantiated rumors designed to appeal to the confirmation biases and base instincts of a sizable segment of the voting population. Equally concerning was the reality that a considerable amount of this was being launched at the United States from outside of the country and at the direction of a foreign power. While disinformation can\'t be censored or outlawed, we can blunt its impact by providing alternatives and exposing the lies. Committing to truthfulness and fact checking is the first step in turning this problem around. http://www.nationalcompass.net
Mykael David LazzeriFacebook
I aim to produce the Philosophers Stone so as to transmute the witness, in the alchemical tradition, into a new self from within. My works are sacred visionary artifacts for the inspiration of the future; it is the stone that stays to tell our story. My purpose is to shape stone into something inspiring, conscious, heart-opening, soul-moving, playful, beautiful, sensual, universally valuable, and truthful. I create multidimensional expressions of the collaboration between the human hand, mind, and the whispering consciousness manifest in the lines, the history, the geology, and the journey of the stone. My intention is that my work will impact many generations (and multiple witnesses) creating a sense of wonder & connection, positive self-transformation & hope, delight & inspiration; that the witness will be awakened to inspiration and serenity. May All Beings, in All Times, in All Places, in All Dimensions, have the choice of infinity and temporary.
I believe that being willing to accept facts, even when they don't align with our values, is an important step to being able to work together to accomplish the greater good. As an elected official I have a responsibility to research and make informed decisions. I represent all of the people in my community and the ability to look at different points of views based on factual information is key to being able to represent well. #wecanhandlethetruth https://m.facebook.com/Pickerington-City-Councilwoman-Wilde-837100589738690/
I feel it is time to bring the country back together and this can not be done the way congress is acting now in an us vs them mentality. Most congressmen have only one goal and that is to get reelected. Congressmen will say whatever they need to in order to accomplish that goal truth or not. I pledge to work toward the truth and to be willing to speak the truth even if it is not in my best interest politically. I am a Republican running for Congress in Ohio\'s District 12: https://www.facebook.com/Baumeister-for-Congress-1682557778660008/
I am a nonprominent Podcast analyst of the Pseudoscientific Method. Our podcast is literally set to "check facts, and whoop a#$" and we stand by that through this pledge. If we are expecting others to be factually correct we should have the same expected for us. So...
Truth is a commodity in short supply, replaced by hyperbole and inflated rhetoric. Those who support the concept of the Pro-Truth pledge are stating that the Truth matters. It is relevant and necessary and must be supported. By stating this the public can rely upon statements put forward by those who have taken the pledge. It encourages and increases the value of facts and the honesty in discourse, public statements and posts on social media platforms. In these times when even those in high elected offices use distortion, diversion and other tactics to present what they and their spokespeople have labelled \'alternative facts\' the Pro-Truth Pledge is a bold movement to encourage open and honest communication. I believe that all who hold public office or seek public office have a responsibility to be honest in their comments and presentations. Rhetorical comments, hollow platitudes and empty promises are no way to seek or attempt to hold a public office which is a public trust. Those who resort to such tactics are not deserving of the offices they hold or seek. I wish your project continued and growing success that those who cast votes may do so knowing that the views for which they vote are sincere, honest and worthy of the trust reflected in those votes. https://www.facebook.com/Doug-Wilson-for-Congress-2018-OHIO-12th-District-TRUTH-1746011792278270/
I was brought up to respect the truth as a high ideal and I am concerned with the apparent willingness of the majority to put beliefs before truth. I see this project as a powerful tool to rally Americans back to the lofty values we profess. http://www.gazettejournal.net/index.php/schools/schools_article/six_candidates_apply_for_school_board_vacancy
https://pixieonthemoon.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/why-i-signed-the-pro-truth-pledge/ https://pixieonthemoon.wordpress.com/ http://progressivearmy.com/author/tigerpixie/
As a full-time political activist advocating science education against stiff and overwhelming opposition at every level of government, I have often demanded that we have some way to hold politicians accountable for the factless falsehoods and bigotry and lack of integrity, morality, or decency that some of them commonly espouse. Now that I'm running for political office as well, I insist that others be held to the same standards and code of honor that I adhere to myself. https://www.patreon.com/aronra http://aronra.org/
The ideas expressed in this pledge are ideas that I've held for a long while, but the Pro Truth Pledge is a physical outlet and personal decree that I can both hold myself accountable to, and use as a display of these core ideals.
I am an Eagle Scout. The first law of the Boy Scout Law is, "A Scout is Trustworthy." Being truthful builds trust between people and trust is the "glue" that binds us together as human beings. http://albertson4congress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Albertson4Congress/
I am a podcaster and activist. I share my political opinion and dissect the news every week, looking for rationality. It is hard to come by. I need the world to make sense for me and my family. I want reasonable behavior, so I took the pledge. You should too. And you can hear me talk about it and anything else that seems outrageous at www.orlyradio.com every Friday.
I took the pledge because we need to fight against our post-truth society with facts, not narratives. Everyone on the political spectrum needs to examine their previously-held beliefs in order to think more critically. #MakeAmericaSkepticalAgain! http://www.spreaker.com/show/bi-any-means-podcast http://www.spreaker.com/show/the-biskeptical-podcast http://freethoughtblogs.com/bianymeans
I support the pro-truth pledge because, as a humanist, I firmly believe that human nature is fundamentally oriented towards reason and rationality; and that the primary thing that stands between the present political climate and productive discourse is a lack of accountability to the truth. A perverse evolution of political incentives has pushed our elected officials away from reliance on facts and science; and if we can counteract or reverse those incentives, our disagreements can once more become productive. Truth should supersede partisanship, ideology, and bias; and no politician unwilling to pledge allegiance to truth is unfit to serve in elected government.
Andy NormanThe Humanist
As a progressive who has always valued learning to make a our society better, as a Democrat who believes in ethics and transparency in government and politics, as a lifelong student and teacher who has always been devoted to the sciences, humanities, and all forms of study, I will tell the truth, promote the truth, and live the truth. I will stand against not only my opponents, but my own co-partisans if need be, to honor the truth in the face of falsehood. I am running for the US House of Representatives in the Texas 19th Congressional District in 2018. http://www.danepsteinforwesttexas.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DanEpsteinWT/ https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/danepsteinwt
As a candidate I value your Truth initiative and wish more candidates would pledge to be forthright and honest in dealing with the electorate and that an initiative be undertaken to eliminate dishonest & inflammatory campaign advertising. https://twitter.com/DougWilsonOH12
As an undeclared candidate for Congress, I wanted to show my solidarity with the truth because we are going to need the truth to hold people accountable for what they do in Washington, Our State Governments, and our local governments. It is time that we hold the very tenets of our society close to our hearts and began anew. That is why I signed the pledge.
Larry Carter Center
In all six campaigns for public office TELLING THE TRUTH is what set me apart from my dishonest opponents AND MY NEXT RACE SHALL FEATURE THIS PLEDGE process/website challenging BOTH OPPONENTS and dishonest alleged news reporters TO ACCEPT our challenge
John B. Wells
The lifeblood of my program to which my name is attached and therefore all who I call and who call me, friend, those who trust me to be honest with them, and most importantly in the Earthly realm, my family rely on truthfulness in what I do. And of supreme importance, God is watching. And listening. www.caravantomidnight.com
Tina HamiltonAtheist Alliance of America
Charles Alexander Zorn
I'm chair of the Tri-City Democrats (@TriCityDems on Facebook), a Benton County Precinct Committee Officer and active in my local Freethinkers organization. http://www.tricityfreethinkers.org http://bencodems.org https://www.facebook.com/TriCityDems/
The tenets of the Pro-Truth Pledge align with what I see as crucial behaviors for public figures such as myself to follow in order to avoid undermining trust in our society. I believe that all public figures who are truth-oriented should take the pledge, which would help us all to distinguish between the ones who can be trusted, and the ones who are not. Thus, I am happy to take the pledge, and also donate my time and money to advance the pledge. http://glebtsipursky.com/about/ https://www.facebook.com/DrGlebTsipursky/ https://www.patreon.com/glebtsipursky