By: The War Prevention Initiative
Also see: The Rotarian Action Group for Peace
“What I tell my law clerks is that we write these so that they are accessible to regular people. That doesn’t mean that there’s no law in it. But there are simple ways to put important things in language that’s accessible. As I say to them, the beauty, the genius is not to write a 5 cent idea in a ten dollar sentence. It’s to put a ten dollar idea in a 5 cent sentence.
That’s beauty. That’s editing. That’s writing.”
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
Not a word of the Mission Statement, the Scout Oath, or the Scout Law says anything about sexual orientation. The Boy Scouts of America is not about sexual orientation, it is about scouting.
Nor does the BSA have a sexual orientation policy, it has a membership policy clarified by BSA legal as follows:
“The BSA policy is: ‘While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.‘
Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics.
The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”
The BSA is for boys who are 11 (and in some cases 10) through 17 years of age. Sexual orientation is not part of the BSA’s agenda, or mission, for these 11 through 17 year-old boys. The BSA is only concerned with the issue of sexual orientation when others, whether they be “employees, volunteers, or members,” wish to make the issue of sexual orientation a part of the BSA’s mission.
And the BSA reserves the right to deny membership to those individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA. That is all.
Because the Boy Scouts of America is not about sexual orientation, the Boy Scouts of America is about scouting.
Dear Fellow UCSD Alumni:
Please join me in celebrating the first 50 years of the University of California at San Diego by watching the following UCSD Alumni Success Story:
In our ongoing commitment to raising student scholarship dollars, our Alumni Association is reaching out to you and me to help achieve our Association goal of 10,000 alumni donors by June 30, 2012.
As a further inducement (if any is needed after watching the above video) the Executive Committee of our Alumni Association has pledged to donate $10,000 if we are able to add 1,000 donors by June 30. Any contribution in any amount to our Alumni Loyalty Fund, also known as our Alumni for Students Fund, will help us achieve our goal.
UCSD, John Muir College, 1980
Director, UCSD Alumni Association, 1985-2011
General Counsel, UCSD Alumni Association 1992-present
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
May 3, 1915
“‘The CDRC monitors legislation affecting mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, and assists Californians to resolve disputes in ways they choose, rather than have limited choices by the desires of special interests,’ Noll explains.”