From the beginning, I thought this story about the Irving, Texas kid with the homemade clock sounded weird. I can understand school teachers and administrators reacting to something that potentially looks like bomb components brought on campus by a student…these days, they HAVE to react, both under zero-tolerance policies, which seem to be everywhere, and just under common sense – if officials fail to react, and something tragic happens, they WILL be held to account. The police that were called to the school reported that the kid was acting sketchy, and wouldn’t give direct answers to their questions.
Throw in the fact that just days before, on the 14th anniversary of 9/11, there was a bomb scare at a high school in Plano – less than an hours’ drive from Irving – and the assumption that teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officers were targeting this kid over his race or religion become absolutely ridiculous. We both expect and require teachers and administrators to do what is necessary to keep our kids safe, and under the circumstances, they did exactly the right thing.
If school officials had done nothing, and a week or two from now, Ahmed Muhammed decided ISIS was the shit and chose to attach some explosives to his clock and detonate it at his school, the very same people who are now accusing the teachers, administrators, and cops of overreaction and “Islamophobia” are the ones who would be demanding to know why they didn’t stop him when he brought a fake bomb to school.
I’ve paid close attention to politics plenty long enough for it to make me more than a little cynical, and when I heard that the kid’s dad has basically made it his profession to accuse others of “Islamophobia,” I knew there had to be more to the story. The dad, by the way, recently made this statement:
“My kid was hurt and was tortured and arrested and mistreated in front of his friends inside of the school,” he said. “That is not America. That is not like us. We love to be in Irving, Texas. We love it and we love our people here.”
Hurt. Tortured. Mistreated. Those are pretty serious accusations. This man is accusing school teachers and administrators of torturing a 14-year-old kid, with absolutely no evidence. Frankly, I think the school district should sue the father for leveling these charges, because I can guarantee you that while the kid may have been embarrassed and a little uncomfortable, there was no torture. Yet another reason why this stinks to high heaven.
And then, I found this (these guys may be running their site on Hillary Clinton’s home-baked email server, as it isn’t that robust, but if you have trouble accessing the site, keep trying, it’s worth it).
You see, the entire basis of the “Islamophobia” charge is that this kid has a passion for electronics and engineering, and as a personal project, he built a clock, which he then took to school with him to show to his engineering teacher. This narrative gave President Obama his opening to exploit the situation for his own political gain, inviting Ahmed to the White House.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
If you haven’t read the story at the link up above, here is a brief summary: the “homemade clock” that Ahmed had in his pencil case wasn’t homemade at all. To paraphrase President Obama, “Ahmed didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.”
The “homemade clock” was just the guts from an old clock that you can get for about $30 on ebay, taken apart and stuck it inside a pencil case that is essentially a small briefcase…you know, the kind of thing someone would do if they were constructing a briefcase bomb.
So this kid took an old 1970s era clock, made a fake bomb out of it, and school officials are the evil ones for detaining and questioning him over it?
This whole thing is a hoax; the only question is why? Was the kid just trying to impress his teacher, maybe for a better grade, and things got out of hand? Did his media attention whore of a father think up the scheme in an attempt to get himself back into the public eye?
We may never know the real truth.
Either way, it is the American people who are harmed the most by this hoax. Chances are very good that the left-wing media’s narrative that this is just an innocent kid with a love of science & engineering who was unfairly targeted by school officials will prevail – it has been repeated ad nauseum for days now, with the school officials and law enforcement officers being judged and found guilty for their assumed Islamophobia (they are from Texas, after all, and Texans are assumed to be the most vile, racist rednecks anywhere). Ahmed will visit the White House and meet with President Obama, who will shamelessly use the young man for his own political ends, as he seeks to convince America and the world that all white people are intrinsically racist…even as he seeks to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees here, even though we know that ISIS is using the refugee crisis as a cover to get terrorists into the West, as well as a method to overwhelm Western governments, so they can continue to their genocide of Christians and expand their territory even further.
So what message does this send? If you see a Muslim acting suspiciously, don’t speak up. Don’t alert the (racist) authorities. Just avert your eyes and walk away, because those warning bells are just the racist in you triggering your fear of The Other.
And if you’re right, and people end up being killed, at least you can take comfort in the fact that you weren’t being Islamophobic.