Rotary District 5340 is counting down to its 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference, where 300 high school students and 45 Rotarians meet for three days to experience, discuss and practice leadership at the mile-high Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela
Kat Edmonson – Be The Change
“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.”
“Truth, Metaphor and Race in the Marriage Debate” by Robert Oscar Lopez rings true to me, a straight father of two adult children, and I offer it here as an apt follow-up to my “Thoughts on marriage, before SCOTUS occupies the field.”
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.
“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Re: Weapons Ban of 2013
Dear Senators Feinstein and Boxer:
I am writing as a concerned California voter to object to your co-sponsorship of legislation described by you as:
This bill seeks to, among other things:
- Ban the sale, transfer, manufacture or importation of 157 named firearms;
- Ban all semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Ban all detachable-magazine semi-auto pistols that have any of the following: a threaded barrel, second pistol grip, or magazine that mounts anywhere other than the grip;
- Ban any handgun that is a semi-automatic version of a fully automatic handgun; and,
- Ban all semi-automatic rifles and handguns that have fixed magazines that accept more than 10 rounds.
Our Constitution limits your powers, Senators, and the Second Amendment to our Constitution means what it says when it tells the Congress that:
Your proposed legislation is a brazen violation of our Second Amendment and, as such, is unwise, unenforceable, and unconstitutional. I respectfully call upon you to acknowledge the severe limitation placed by our Constitution on your power to control the people’s right to bear arms. Please withdraw this unfortunate bill immediately.
/s/ Kevin Forrester
Kevin K. Forrester