What We Tell Children About Jihadists
Appeared in The Oregonian, December 1, 2010.
My children struggle to parse how they, who intend no harm to anyone, can belong to a group that arouses such hatred. They begin that same journey that is difficult for adults, but gargantuan to a child’s less formed mind: to make meaning out of evil—others as well as our own. How does it get so big and destructive?