This is one of the most important stories of the year as education is the front line in the War on Brains. Think how different this country would have been had Scopes gone the other way.
With all the Intelligent Design advocates trying to interchange Science and Magic Story Hour, your way of life is under attack. Be vigilant!
One thing that caught my eye was Allen's mom whining about "Sean's free speech."
First of all, this is a classroom and I don't recall students being given the opportunity to excercise their "free speech" on a regular basis, especially to voice opposition to the actual indoctrination that takes place through most of K-12.
But what's even worse about her whimpering is that Sean, and others, were not only given the opportunity to respond and ask questions, they were forced to question, criticize and analyze Bennish's statements:
Bennish, inviting a free exercise of speech in class: 'I'm throwing all this out to you guys. I want you guys to write about what I've said. I want you to take it apart. I want you to criticize it. I want you to analyze it, and if you do that I will give you extra credit. It doesn't matter what your position is - you can agree with me; you can disagree with me.'
So not only is Bennish right about everything he said (at least in my opinion), but he was secure enough in his statements to allow them to be questioned and challenged. These kids are lucky to have a teacher who pushes them to think for themselves.
Here's Sean Allen having his speech stifled:
- Isn't there a difference of, of, having Hamas being like, we wanna attack Israelis because they're Israelis, and having us say we want to attack people who are known terrorists? Isn't there a difference between saying we're going to attack innocents and we're going to attack people who are not innocent?
- Well, when people attack us on our own soil and are actually attempting to take American lives and want to take American lives, whereas, Israelies in this situation, aren't saying we want to blow up Palestine...
- We gave it to them.
- But is it [just] to say it's [ok] to attack Israel? If it's ok to attack known terrorists, it's ok to attack Israel?
- But we did not have the intention of killing innocent people. We had the intention of killing an al Qaeda terrorist.
- So, you're saying the U. S. has the intention to kill innocent people?
- But what gain do we get from killing innocent people in the middle east? What gain does that pose to us? [ed: from Malkin transcript]
- There's more in that. He stated that he's trying to kill innocents ...
- That we, that, that we were the ones that were attacked first. On September 11th, 2001, we were the ones that were attacked. We were not attacking, we were not attacking anybody until that point, then we said, okay, we're going to go to Afghanistan, then we said, okay, the Iraqi government has ties with al Qaeda, we're gonna go into Iraq. We were the ones that were attacked.
Wow talk about indoctrination, Sean Hannity himself would be proud of those questions.
Complaining about being oppressed when you're actually the one holding all the cards? That's the most recognizable feature of the North American Wingnut.
This kid just looks like a future Fox talking head (i.e., a little fucking prick):
He and his mom should be thankful Bennish has the patience to try and educate his punk ass.