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originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: Krazysh0t
you're probably more correct then all of us should be comfortable with.
That this is wrongful persecution, and yes, I used that word deliberately. This kid was profiled. Seems little doubt of that.
...and unfortunately, there will be a small minority, though a noisy one, that will support this travesty.
Yet another example of how much events of fourteen years ago have changed all too many of us, and not for the better.
Indeed, the terrorists may have won. If they, by their actions, have reduced all too many of us to this sort of stupidity.
Freedom. Equality. Democracy. Champion of the little guy. Helper of the oppressed. Defender against tyranny. Some of the other values are ingrained in our history and our belief in our future: Capitalism. Independence. Strength. Rightness and righteousness. Manifest destiny. God. Freedom of religion. Family. Wealth. Faith. Entertainment and happiness.
originally posted by: Vasa Croe
Yeah...that is messed up. What do they think is underneath the skin of all the devices they use daily....magic?
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: seagull
I was pretty upset at first. Maybe even intolerant. I definitely was a bit intolerant while in the Army, but as Bush' Presidency started to wind down, I stopped having interest in the rhetoric and saw it for what it was. That is my experience being someone who lived through 9/11 without having known a Muslim.
It's just that I think that blaming Muslims for the actions that happened 3/4ths of a score ago is a little naive and wrong. Like I pointed out earlier in this thread, this poor kid was likely an infant when that went down. That means that 9/11 happened a whole generation ago.
originally posted by: DexterRiley
This is an image of the actual device.
Not much to it really. The kid said he threw it together in about 20 minutes.
originally posted by: neformore
No restrictions on firearms ownership.
14 year old kid gets arrested for a home science project, ostensibly because he's muslim.
That's some ass-backwards stuff right there.
Sort it out Texas. This stuff makes you look stupid.
originally posted by: Glinda
a reply to: Krazysh0t
We really don't know that ALL evidence points to the kids innocence. We don't know WHAT (if any) comments this teenage boy may have said previously. Are they talking of the current events of refugee crisis in Europe? Did a classroom discussion of 9/11 cause him to make a statement that gave the teacher further cause of suspicion.
Being a teacher today IS different. You are not just entrusted w/academics and social aspects of students development, they are charged with student safety. Who among us would want to err the wrong way? To have an incident happen and NOT to have pointed it out and had others in the school get involved.
The teacher no doubt alerted the prinicipal who felt the need to call the local police who in turn acted. The question to ask is WHY they all acted as they did (and "dumb" public school union teacher, and dumb, Texas Islamophobe cops is the easy, yet equally bigoted answer). Allowing an investigation, a timeline, interviewing the other students all must come into the full story (which may or may not ever be told because the kid is a minor).
Jumping to PC conclusions is sometimes what is intended after all.