By now, nearly everyone knows what a “hero” Ahmed Mohamed is- at least in the eyes of Barack Obama, who has invited the youngster to the White House to celebrate his newfound celebrity. While it’s appealing to jump out in front of stories such as these and mindlessly react, as have MIT, Microsoft and NASA- all of whom who have reached out to the new hero- it’s better to wait for the dust to settle and let the truth be seen.
This event was orchestrated from minute one.
The young Mohamed did not build the clock. He ripped the guts out of a RadioShack digital clock and called it his own:
I found the highest resolution photograph of the clock I could. Instantly, I was disappointed. Somewhere in all of this – there has indeed been a hoax. Ahmed Mohamed didn’t invent his own alarm clock. He didn’t even build a clock. Now, before I go on and get accused of attacking a 14 year old kid who’s already been through enough, let me explain my purpose. I don’t want to just dissect the clock. I want to dissect our reaction as a society to the situation. Part of that is the knee-jerk responses we’re all so quick to make without facts. So, before you scroll down and leave me angry comments, please continue to the end (or not – prove my point, and miss the point, entirely!)
The kid knew his” clock” could be viewed with alarm, if you will.
Mohamed keeps calling his RadioShack clock an “invention” when it plainly is not.
The teacher Mohamed originally showed the clock to warned Mohamed not to show it to other teachers.
So on Sunday night, he quickly put together a homemade digital clock (“just something small,” as he casually put it to the Dallas Morning News: a circuit board and power supply connected to a digital display) and proudly offered it to his engineering teacher the next day.
But the teacher looked wary.
“He was like, ‘That’s really nice.'” Ahmed told the Dallas Morning News. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.'”
Not only did Mohamed ignore that advice, he brought it to English class and plugged it in. It began beeping, and when Mohamed showed the annoyed teacher the device she said “it looks like a bomb.”
Why did Mohamed ignore the Engineering teacher’s advice?
Why did Mohamed bring the clock to English class?
Why did he plug it in and start the beeping?
Why was Mohamed so evasive upon questioning?
It was all part of the plan. Meet Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed. ElHassan is an “anti-islamophobe activist” and self-styled defender of the Quran.
When Florida pastor Terry Jones finally made good on the threat he’d been toying with in the press for months, to burn a Quran in his church, it set off days of deadly protests in Afghanistan. And while U.S. military officials and lawmakers work to undo the damage he caused, and President Obama condemns the book-burning, Jones is seeking retribution. His church in Gainesville, Florida, denies responsibility for the riots.
There is a Dallas man involved in all of this: Sheik Mohamed Elhassan, who played defense attorney in Jones’s mock trial and failed to sway the “court” at the Dove World Outreach Center. He’s the man referred to in most news reports simply as “a Dallas imam.” And he’s not shying away from the controversy. As a matter of fact, he says, he is looking for a local church where he can mount an appeal.
ElHassan twice ran for President of Sudan, in 2010 and 2015.
ElHassan is a publicity hound, the son was the vehicle. The younger Mohamed offers a clue:
“Before I was really scared that no one was really going to care about me cause I’m Muslim and now everyone wants to interview me because of what happened,” Mohamed said in an interview with WFAA-TV.
“I want to make sure this never happens to another child globally ever again.”
Globally? A 14 year old kid wants to make sure no Muslim child is ever questioned for his actions again? Globally?
Well, mission accomplished.
No more will the future Tsarnaev brothers be hassled for impressing the American people with their pressure cookers. Obama, MIT and NASA will see to it. Muslims are a protected minority, above the rules. Anything less will be Islamophobia and racism.
Josh Welch was suspended at the age of seven for biting his PopTart into the shape of a gun.
Not a Muslim. Not invited to the White House by Obama.
Three non-Muslim 6 year olds suspended from schools in Maryland for playing cops and robbers and pointing their fingers like a gun. School officials called this “a threat ‘to shoot a student.’”
No hero adulation. No White House invite.
Ahmed says he built the “clock” to impress his teacher.
“I built the clock to impress my teacher,” Ahmed said. “But when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it — and later that day, I was arrested for it.”
Yet he didn’t show the teacher the clock when he got to class. He didn’t tell her he was bringing it. He plugged it in to let it make noise. He brought in a clock to impress an English teacher?
Tony gets it right:
I think the whole event – and our collective response, with everybody up to the President chiming in, says a whole lot about us. We don’t care that none of us were there and knows what happened, we jump to conclusions and assume we’re experts. We care about the story, but we don’t care about the actual facts. Headlines and click-bait are far more interesting than thinking for ourselves. We like to point out other any bit of perceived injustice or discrimination we can find – it’s practically a new national past-time. We like playing victim, and we like talking about victims – so much so we sometimes find victims where none really existed. We also like to find somebody to blame, even when there’s nobody at fault. We like to play social justice warrior on our Facebooks and Twitters, posting memes and headlines without digging in behind the sensationalism, winning bonus sensitivity points in the forms of likes and re-tweets. Once group-think kicks in, we rally around hash tags and start shouting moral outrage in a deafeningly loud national chorus. The media plays us like a fiddle, and we don’t even notice we’ve all been had.
We’ve been had. We’ve been had by Ahmed Mohamed and his father. This is all about desensitizing America to the actions of Islam. It’s about instilling guilt. The useful idiots have all fallen into line, led by the President of the United States, who never misses a chance to seize upon and politicize stupidity. I do not expect that the media, having swallowed this fantasy whole, will be following up other than with more fawning accounts. They won’t dare chase the truth. That would be Islamophobic.
H/T Tiger Droppings,
The family is blocking disclosure of the full police report and it is also reported that Obama tweeted out “cool clock” before the picture of the device was publicly available. Once again, Obama sided with the perp against the police.