God, Home, Country
— DAR motto
Eligibility. Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is not less than eighteen years of age, and who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American Independence, served as a sailor, or a soldier or civil officer in one of the several Colonies or States, or in the United Colonies or States or as a recognized patriot, or rendered material aid thereto;
provided an applicant for chapter membership is personally acceptable to the chapter. NSDAR and its chapters may not discriminate against an eligible applicant based on race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
— From National Bylaws of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (new language in red italics)
On June 29, 2023, to the sound of clapping and cheering, a great American institution signaled its capitulation to gender ideology. The clapping Daughters were celebrating the approval of a fundamental change to the Society’s national bylaws. How many Daughters across the nation are aware that this happened? I only learned after a more engaged Sister called me and I watched the video of the meeting and heard for myself.
It is not a social organization…, it is an order patriotic, historical and genealogical, and holds itself closely to these objects.”
— Ellen Hardin Walworth, one of NSDAR’s founders, February 1893
It is probably fair to assume that most Americans have no idea what the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) does, why it was formed, and where it is headquartered. The 133-year old philanthropic organization does its good works through the roughly 200,000 members within 3,000 chapters that are active in all 50 states and around the world. The female—and for now, only female—members donate their time, creativity, and money to promote the Society’s mission of Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism.
While Daughters around the world sewed quilts for wounded soldiers, taught children to read, cleaned headstones, collected pull tabs from soda cans, organized bake sales, laid wreaths and placed flags on veterans’ graves, raised monuments, installed plaques, and donated supplies to the five rural DAR schools, something far less civic-minded was happening at DAR headquarters in Washington, DC.
Property taxes on the building – – or, historic buildings would be $1.1 million dollars… In my view, this is a vote on the viability of our organization for the next 125 years.
— DAR member speaking for bylaw amendment
The new language in the bylaws is innocuous-sounding and vague. The word transgender does not appear, but the phrase “any other characteristic protected by applicable law” refers to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act confers protective status to gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, as well as to those who “identify” as “transgender”. Legal counsel for the NSDAR strongly urged the change to the bylaws to avoid future lawsuits and the loss of the organization’s non-profit status which would result in a $1 million dollar per year property tax bill from the IRS on the Society’s stately and massive (occupying a full city block of prime real estate) suite of buildings, including its “House Beautiful.”
When I watched the President General at the podium squirming under the questioning of Daughters who voiced their opposition to the bylaw change, I saw an institution running in fear. One that knew it was doing the wrong thing. One that recognized it was failing its promise, failing its founders, failing to live up to and honor the sacrifices made by our Patriot ancestors, and afraid to fight back against social extortion. What the administration and approving member-delegates chose was appeasement under the guise of tolerance and inclusion. How can we lay claim to the legacy of our Patriot ancestors if we are not willing to pledge our sacred honor and our (NSDAR) fortunes to do what is right and true?
The Daughters of the American Revolution should be able to define what a woman is; scientifically with two X chromosomes – not one with an X & a Y.
— DAR member speaking against the bylaw amendment
By including the words any other characteristic protected by applicable law we agree with the lie that a man, by magical thinking and the reissuing of his birth certificate (currently allowable in 13 states), can be reborn a woman. Never fear, he still has to prove direct lineal descent to a Patriot. For now.
NSDAR’s four female founders could never have conceived that in the future we would invent ever-expanding definitions of gender and “identity”. By design, by its nature, DAR is exclusive. Exclusivity is not discrimination as we wield that word today. Men are excluded from membership in DAR, but are not discriminated against. Male descendants of American Patriots are free to apply to the Sons of the American Revolution.
The non-profit status is a privilege. This 501(c)3 designation by the IRS would be – we would be revoked if we discriminated against protected individuals. And the DAR’s past history of discrimination would be taken into account when evaluating current discrimination. (emphasis added)
— DAR member for bylaw amendment
Naturally the legal card wasn’t the only one played at the June session. Since resistance was encountered, cultural blackmail became necessary. I have no doubt the speaker above was primed and ready to go. Raising the specter of DAR’s past racial sins was meant to influence wavering delegates prior to the vote and to shame dissenters into silence, terminating further opposition.
The giveaway, long before the June 29 vote was taken, was in one of the stated goals of the current NSDAR administration:
Tomorrow’s DAR is diverse in generations, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I would like each of us, as a team and as individuals, to actively promote belonging in our Society. This includes the actions we take to support an attitude of acceptance, inclusion, and welcoming for all members. Treat each other with kindness and respect. Members who can see their authentic self in the work of DAR will share their best talents and time advancing the mission of this organization. Religious affiliation, color of one’s skin, age, weight, geography, physical ability, neurodiversity, financial means or who one loves should not be a challenge to feeling welcomed and included. (emphasis added)
(Neurodiversity?) NSDAR’s recent self-inflicted wound notwithstanding, its future was fixed from its founding. With each successive generation the amount of Patriot blood that flows in the veins of Daughters becomes more dilute. Failing to rise to the example of our Patriot ancestors and caving to the dictates of diversity, equity, and inclusion only speeds the process. Safe-guarding the nation’s history, a love of country, and passing knowledge from one generation to the next are anathema to the assailants of Western civilization. Any institution that promotes reverence of the past and love of nation must be infiltrated, converged, and destroyed. For how long has the rot been growing within the walls of the House Beautiful?
POSTSCRIPT: On July 2, three days after the vote, the Registrar General resigned her position to “focus on her family”. The Registrar General’s Office “processes and verifies applications for membership and supplemental applications from members.”