. Read by Susan Jarvis Bryant . In This House... In this house... We value science so much we accept that male and female chromosomes exist and gender is not merely a suggestion. In this house... We know that love is love. We also think that love should be both dignified and sacred And not a prop for ideology. In this house... We will not rewrite history to soothe our fragile egos. We acknowledge wrongs but never hold the innocent to blame. In this house... We think that all lives matter---race and sex, religion, creed and ancestry are not a basis for rejection or for favor. In this house... We value Western culture and believe the Sistine Chapel ceiling warrants more respect than angry, unschooled street graffiti. In this house... We value excellence and therefore won’t reward incompetence as an achievement so slackers can feel good about themselves. In this house... We weigh a person’s character and actions. Morality means actions people take and not the smug, subjective things they think. In this house... We rail against all forms of lawless anarchy, condemning those who burn and break and smash while claiming law enforcement should be banned. In this house... We value patriotic sentiment. The land that guards our lives and sacred rights has flaws but still commands our deep respect. In this house... We value honest justice, life and faith. We face reality and do not grouse. If all that’s clear, then welcome to our house! . . Brian Yapko is a lawyer who also writes poetry. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.