The 74-year-old evolutionary biologist and noted atheist sent out a slew of tweets over the weekend chastising the ninth-grader for not even building a clock. Some observers have dissected the photo police handed out of the device Mohamed built, claiming he just shuffled around clock parts inside a pencil case.
The spectacle constructed around him has served both the liberal establishment, which wants us to cower before the White Guilt cudgel, and Muslims, who want us to let our guard down to facilitate their next major terror attack. The narrative of the put-upon 14-year-old Muslim who was so clever that he built a clock, but who was punished by bigoted Texans when he brought it to school, has been used exceedingly aggressively to advance these objectives.
The entire production was as fake as the staged photo of Ahmed in handcuffs. He didn’t even build the clock, which was factory-made and disemboweled to look like the timing device for a bomb:
I turned to eBay, searching for vintage alarm clocks. It only took a minute to locate Ahmed’s clock. See this eBay listing, up at the time of this writing. Amhed’s clock was invented, and built, by Micronta, a Radio Shack subsidary. Catalog number 63 756.