- In dialogue of “clock boy” situation, Richard Dawkins tweeted a link about a kid ISIS killer
- Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb
- Dawkins, an atheist scientist who has been critical of Ahmed, was slammed for comparison
“HORRIFIED any person thinks I could Perhaps liken Ahmed to a killer,” Dawkins said in a tweet Wednesday. “My ONLY position of comparison was their AGES: youngsters not immune to criticism.”
Dawkins, a leading voice in the atheist movement, was reacting to news that the Mohamed household was demanding $ fifteen million in damages and an apology from town and faculty officers in Irving, Texas, above their remedy of the teenager.
In September, the 14-calendar year-outdated, who is Muslim, was detained, questioned and hauled off in handcuffs after bringing a handmade clock to college, which a teacher believed could have been a bomb.
“Do not phone him ‘clock boy’ since he never ever produced a clock. Hoax Boy, possessing hoaxed his way into the White Property, now needs $ 15M in addition!” Dawkins tweeted Tuesday.
The evolutionary biologist has been vocal in his belief that the circumstance — which manufactured Ahmed a cause célèbre, prompted the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to trend, and led to a personal invitation to the White Residence from President Barack Obama — was a “hoax.”
He has continuously insisted that Ahmed did not make a clock but relatively “took a clock out of its scenario and place it in a box,” and has questioned the teen’s motives in undertaking so.
‘Picking on a kid’
When Twitter users chided the seventy four-calendar year-previous scientist for “choosing on a kid,” he responded by tweeting a url to a information tale about a kid ISIS killer.
“‘But he’s only a child.’ Indeed, a ‘kid’ outdated sufficient to sue for $ 15M those whom he hoaxed. And how aged is this ‘kid’?” tweeted Dawkins, linking to a tale about a youthful ISIS killer beheading a target.
The tweet provoked an even better backlash.
“Richard Dawkins, analogizing a kid who modded a clock in a way he found insufficiently inventive to a youngster executioner,” tweeted Angus Johnston.
“Am I missing your point?” tweeted Lisajane Ellis. “Since there is no comparison amongst deception and murder. Dissatisfied.”
“I utilised to seem up to you. Your books opened my thoughts (when) I was a child. Now you are carrying out sloppy reactionary contemplating saddens me,” tweeted Renee Stephen.
Charges of anti-Muslim bias
Numerous accused Dawkins, an outspoken critic of Islam, of having an anti-Muslim bias for drawing the comparison.
“And it really is just a mere coincidence that they are each Muslim? C’mon Richard, surely you can see how this appears?” tweeted Aaron San Filippo.
“Why do you detest Mu(s)lims Mr. Dawkins?” tweeted @boringfileclerk. “For some who upholds reason previously mentioned all, I uncover your tweets disturbing.”
Dawkins responded by tweeting that two individuals’ “young AGES are getting compared, practically nothing else,” and that his stage was that “simply that being a ‘kid’ does not safeguard you from criticism.”
He afterwards mused that perhaps a comparison to the killers of James Bulger, a two-calendar year-old British boy who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two 10-calendar year-olds in 1993, “would have been a far better example.”
The response to his comparison, he tweeted, reminded him of when he experienced explained, “I do not have to read through Mein Kampf to condemn Nazism.” “The numpties (fools) imagined I was accusing Muslims of getting Nazis!” he wrote.
At the time of publication, Ahmed had not responded to a CNN request for remark on Dawkins’ remarks and experienced not commented via his verified Twitter account.