I received an email from Walt N7BTH who voted ‘No’ on the motto and with his permission I will paraphrase his concerns.
“The sentiment your slogan expresses is fine. It is not that I am a mean person or take issue with that part of the motto. It’s just that I do not want to see Amateur Radio become polarized by social issues or politics and that is why I voted ‘No’.”
And here is my reply to Walt for you all to see our position on the matter.
I 100% agree.
One of our tenants is to remain absolutely neutral, it is not our place!
The notion of “Do not be mean to others” is not a political statement, purely a childhood lesson that some have as a gift and others need to be taught.
The motto is tucked away neatly at the very bottom of each page on the website, it is not intended to be ‘in your face’ but a subtle reminder of what we as a group stand for.
In addition to the founding definition of the charter:
“An amateur radio community based around free and open source software and services, fostering international goodwill”
I heard you Walt and with your permission; if I can post a new blog entry on the site, paraphrasing your concerns then posting this reply that would help others understand too.
After all we are in this together!
Thanks for reaching out to me,
– Stephen ‘Tag’ Loomis / N0TTL
Because we just kicked this off, there are and will be many gaps of information, documentation and policies (including privacy as of utmost concern!) that need to be put in place for all to read and debate. So please, give us a little time to get our ‘ducks in a row’ so to speak. Thank you all!