Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.
Seventeen months ago we took our then 3-year-old to Ethiopia to meet his new baby brother. While the experience of the adoption is something we talk about openly in our household, the actual orphanage visit did not seem particularly impactful and he hasn't mentioned it much since. But then, this week, something happened.