Monday, March 06, 2006

Bennish Stifled Allen's Speech?

"Where's Sean's free speech?" asks his mother:

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.'

Sean Allen, exercising free speech in class:
  1. 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?
  2. 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...
  3. We gave it to them.
  4. 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?
  5. But we did not have the intention of killing innocent people. We had the intention of killing an al Qaeda terrorist.
  6. So, you're saying the U. S. has the intention to kill innocent people?
  7. 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]
  8. There's more in that. He stated that he's trying to kill innocents ...
  9. 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.

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