Ahmed Mohamed has gotten a lot of attention this past week. YouTube videos have been made discrediting him, commentators have debated his suspension, and Richard Dawkins has come out criticizing the teen for his homemade clock.
His father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, said the attention has been too much, and he’s pulled all of his children out of schools in the Irving independent district in Dallas, the Guardian reported. Ahmed can’t sleep and has lost his appetite over the ordeal.
“Ahmed said, ‘I don’t want to go to MacArthur.’ These kids aren’t going to be happy there. It’s torn the family and makes us very confused.”
The family may soon be headed to Mecca for a holy pilgrimage to “ask Allah to bless this time.” Then they’ll figure out where the young boy with a penchant for clock-making will go to school. Before that, though, he has a trip to the U.N. to make; after Mecca, he’ll visit the White House.
It’s no wonder the 14-year-old is retreating from high school. Over the weekend, Atheist Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher stepped up to criticize the youth, whose clock — which he brought to school to impress a teacher — earned him an arrest when another teacher thought it was a bomb.
Atheist Dawkins shared a video from electrical expert Thomas Talbot, who supposedly debunked the clock on YouTube, claiming that Ahmed didn’t make it, but removed a commercial alarm clock from its casing instead, Fox News reported. The evidence: printed circuit boards and ribbon cables. Other debunkers have pointed to the clock’s silk screened letters and numbers.
Meanwhile, Richard, 74, thoroughly eviscerated the child on social media, claiming that he used the hoax bomb to orchestrate a media frenzy and catch his school being Islamophobic, Salon added.
“If [the YouTube clip is] right, Ahmed didn’t build a clock. He simply took one out of its casing. Did he deliberately want to be suspected of making a bomb? Did he want to be arrested, to be seen as a victim of ‘Islamophobia’? If so, Texas police played right into his hands and most of us (including me) fell for it… Sorry if I go a bit over the top in my passion for truth.”
According to Salon, Richard Dawkins contends that the only scandal was that the youth wasn’t allowed to call his parents while being questions about the clock.
As for Maher, he turned to good-old Islamophobia to criticize Mohamed alongside Richard Dawkins, arguing on Real Time that the teacher made the right move suspecting the youth of evil motives, because, well, Muslims make bombs.
“Islam is the motherlode of bad ideas… This kid deserves an apology, no doubt about it. They were wrong. But could we have a little perspective about this? Did the teacher really do the wrong thing? Someone look me in the eye right here and tell me, over the last thirty years, if so many young Muslim men… haven’t blown a lot of s__t up around the world… It’s been one culture that’s been blowing s__t up over and over again.”
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