My seven-year-old son stated emphatically, "Mom, you know soon they will have to change the national anthem. You know, Mom, that part that says, 'the land of the free.' That's not true anymore."
It seems like only yesterday when my biggest mothering concern was whether or not I should allow my kids to watch the Care Bears on Saturday morning cartoons. How did we suddenly get to this new place?
Tolerance used to mean something along the lines of respecting or honoring people and their individual views, opinions, or actions. Tolerance is no longer a sweet little character trait that promotes interpersonal peace. It has become monumental and powerful. Frightening and condemning.