Lots of people I wouldn't expect to harbor utter hate for America are all jumping to this teacher's defense on some VN thread. Even -I- defend the teacher's right to say what he said. But, if you think you can have free speech without consequences, you're either stupid, or clueless.
What's disheartening about the VN thread is that NONE of them are attacking what he had to say (seems Second Chance, and even Puffy, agree with it. I knew DM would). Guess VN is a LOT more left wing than I thought.
Here's something Stip wrote: "anyone who compares anyone else to Hitler or Nazi's is immediately disregarded as being completely out of their mind."
Stip's been gone too long. Read what scum like Plasma (who seriously thinks it's totally ok to kill civilians, as long as they're American, and white) have to say.
Anyway, the point is that those on the loony left DO think Bush is the same as Hitler, Capitalism is the root of all evil, we should all become socialists immediately, and that anything bad that happens to the United States is the fault of the United States. Purely evil acts are only done by white men; any ethnic or religious "minority" that does a bad thing only did it because of the United States.
People like Jay Bennish have been around for years. They started getting more shrill post 9/11, when Ramsey Clark formed ANSWER to stop any military response to the Taliban, and they've said the things Jay Bennish have said (almost verbatim) at pro-peace rallies since (you know those rallies, the ones where they torch stuff while chanting about peace). Because, however, those folks weren't getting mainstream airplay (they weren't teachers, but just well-fed college students, and Starbucks employees on breaks), people didn't really hear a lot of what they had to say.
What is the mindset of those folks? Just listen to (or read) what the teacher said, which was, in essence:
-America is the most violent nation on Earth.
(Which is why we have had to be bombed into going to wars, allow governments to constantly crap on us without retribution, and still haven't thrown the U.N. off our shores).
-Capitalism is bad.
(Yeah, it would be great if I exerted a level 10 effort every day, and got level 5 results, while looking at some bum exert level 1 effort and get level 5 results too).
-Hugo Chavez am good.
(I like the part where you get thrown in jail for criticizing Chavez. But Cindy Sheehan digs him, so I guess that's ok)
-Israel is a terrorist nation.
(Those darn Jews! I mean, those 6 million in WW2 probably were asking to be killed, maimed, and experimented on! And those Arab countries that kept on attacking it and losing land should just get that land back! After all, Israel won all those wars against it on, um, a technicality or something. Anyway, when you win a war after being attacked, and take the land of the attackers, well, that's um, not right. Or something).
-Hamas am good people.
(Suicide bombers just need a hug!).
-9/11 was our fault. The towers were valid to hit, so was the Pentagon.
(Anything bad that happens to the United States, in fact, is our fault. Attacking civilians or military personnel while dressing like a civilian isn't a war crime or anything. It's cultural.)
Now, seriously -- that kind of thing can be heard at literally every major peace rally (I'm not kidding). Check Brain-Terminal's videos section.
I hope Jay Bennish is on a hijacked plane someday. I hope he's on a plane hijacked by Muslims, who tell him that they're going to fly the plane into some U.S. building. I hope they explain to Jay how, if you really think about it, all buildings in the U.S. are connected in some way to the U.S. military, but just to be sure, the building they're targeting has military personnel in there. Jay needs to plop down in his seat, and say, "Oh well, it's a military target, I'm just a casualty of war! Too bad for me! Gee, I sure wish these guys had worn military uniforms, acted under some sort of flag, or even identified themselves instead of acting like civilians up until the last minute! D'oh! Too bad for me! But I shouldn't complain, because if I do, then someone will think I'm racially, ethnically, and religiously insensitive! Boo-hoo!"
And if the hijackers decide to behead him, he needs to kneel down nicely for them, and offer his neck. That's just how they do their killing, and if he doesn't abide by their methods, then he might be perceived as insensitive. Hopefully, they'll have sharpened their box cutters to make it painless, but probably not. Jay shouldn't scream, though, as that would offend the hijackers as well, who would think he was objecting to their lawful resistance to American aggression in a "valid" military operation.
That teacher is learning a lesson -- feel free to say what you want, but expecting that you can say what you want without real life consequences is a fantasy.