Ahmed Mohammed, the boy who brought a clock to school in September and was arrested for bringing a “bomb,” recently made claims seeking $15 million from the Texas School District due to civil rights violations. Richard Dawkins, noted evolutionary biologist, decided to take his qualms with this to Twitter:
Don't call him "clock boy" since he never made a clock. Hoax Boy, having hoaxed his way into the White House, now wants $15M in addition!— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 24, 2015
@Mukhtarishaq2 He didn't make anything. He opened a clock, took out the innards and put them in a box so they looked like a bomb— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 24, 2015
Many individuals have theorized that Mohammed did not build the clock himself, but simply took a working clock apart and tried to pass it off as his own. Others have taken this further, saying that he put in a metal box on purpose, intending it to look like a bomb. Those defending him argue that even if this is true, he is only a youngkid, which Dawkins vehemently disagrees with.
"But he's only a kid." Yes, a "kid" old enough to sue for $15M those whom he hoaxed. And how old is this "kid"? https://t.co/kjzxGDs5Az— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 24, 2015
Dawkins later tried to defend this comparison:
How COULD you think I was likening a hoaxer to a killer? I just meant "Only a kid" is not a knockdown defence. Remember poor James Bulger?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 25, 2015
The ISIS child executioner was brainwashed by adults. James Bulger's killers weren't & they were ten. "Only a kid" needs thinking about.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 25, 2015
Regardless of the reality of the bomb hoax theory, the Islamophobia he experienced was unacceptable, and comparing him to an ISIS child executioner is a deplorable move on Dawkins’s part. He should really stick to talking about evolution.
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