I have no trouble with you calling them out on it: I’m glad you did, as I was getting a one-sided view.
Now I have the other side.
The thing is: Both sides are saying, “Our values are being attacked”.
I’m just saying, “Stick with the plan. American Secularism for all of its flaws, works.” We have a working status quo already.
Escalation to “hate crimes” just plays into group v group fighting.
At the same time, I believe in equal freedom of speech.
If you want to express your opinion that this is a hate crime, they too have the right to express that they believe it was a hate crime.
I just think teachers should be more careful…. and I wish media would stop fueling this stuff. I got sucked into it too but my take was on teacher flaw.