Tolerance. I have come to hate that word. Really!
If I asked you to tolerate your women co-workers, or put up with your African-American neighbors, or try to just understand your Latino and Jewish friends, I would be run out of town as the biggest Bigot on the block!
So exactly what part of my children do you need to tolerate? What does their behavior, their ethics, their values, their marriage, do to you that gets in your way enough that you would need to tolerate them?
Can you see how offensive this is? Can you see that there is NO place for Tolerance in the world of Equal Rights? None!
What I would like for ALL to see is that just as I ask you to accept me as a woman, with different talents and abilities as my male counterparts, I am no less nor better than, just different… thank God, I ask you to see my children s’ talents and abilities in the same regard.
Thank heaven for the diversity of this world, of our country. I was born as a ‘European mut’ you might say, with grandparents from Sweden, England and Holland. There is no “purebred” blood here. I am guessing most of you are ‘muts’ as well. I carry that heritage with pride. Two of my children were born gay, (purebred gay I believe), and what beautiful diversity they brought to our very large heterosexual family.