The freakout over Ahmed Mohamed’s innocent clock-building project is an excellent example of Islamophobia in action. Iris Vander Pluym has an excellent post showing how too many people in this country freak the fuck out over black Muslim kids doing safe, simple science, while having nothing but praise for white boys who create literal nuclear reactors. Had Nuclear Kid been brown, black, Muslim, or some combination? Poor child probably would’ve been in Guantanamo by the end of the school day.
And now that they’ve been shown up as damned fools, our right wing has been busy spinning the story as hard as they can, trying to pretend that there were nefarious motives behind an excited nerd bringing his clock to school to show one of his teachers. I can no longer be astonished at how far they take this shit. These people have trained themselves to freak out over shadows so much that they scream and flee when someone so much as starts to mention shade. Of course they’re going to pretend that a young teenage Muslim has some convoluted end-game in mind. It’s not surprising so much as depressing.
And what’s uber-depressing is watching famous atheists get in on the act.
Richard Dawkins attacking a 14 year-old kid is a spectacular new low. Am I surprised? I was at first – until I remembered two key facts: the kid is a Muslim and Dawkins is a gigantic asshat with a desperate need for attention. Now it’s all just depressingly predictable.
That Bill Maher is also busy demonizing a sweet nerdy kid because ZOMG MUZLIMMM!! surprises me not at all. He’ll probably have Sam Harris on soon to talk about how the school was right to use this excuse to fuck with a little Muslim boy, and why we need racial profiling in schools.Of course, he won’t say racial profiling – it’ll be some cutesy euphemism – but what he’ll basically mean is, treat all people who “look Muslim” like utter shit.
These three assclowns are considered Teh Serious Atheist Leaders by a distressing proportion of the media, far too many atheist shitlords, and many people who just haven’t been paying enough attention to realize how awful they are.
If you’re following any of these buffoons because you think he’s funny or smart sometimes, you need to reassess. You need to seriously analyze what, exactly, you think they bring to your life that can’t be provided by far better human beings.
And if you think they’re right about Ahmed… GTFO my social media spaces right now. I don’t want you anywhere near me.