The terrorists have won. Seriously. Over a decade of anti-Muslim fearmongering in this country has led to many incidents like this and worse. Right-wing bigots and “patriots” have whipped America into a frothy-mouthed hysteria, and they now have the country shaking in its boots and jumping at shadows. Watch out…the next attack could come from anywhere at any time from any direction! Our schools are the new breeding grounds for terrorist masterminds!! OMFG BABY JESUS SAVE US!!!1!
(CNN)When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he’d made from a pencil case.
The 14-year-old’s day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested. “I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her,” Ahmed told reporters Wednesday. “It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.”
Hmmm. If they thought this was a bomb, why didn’t they evacuate the school instead of simply arresting him? Oh, right…that would have been overreacting.
I’m sure many right-wingers will see this as simply America being “vigilant” against the imaginary looming Brown Threat that hangs over the country, because fear typically gets votes and they can never admit their own racist assholery. I’m also not at all surprised that this happened in Texas, which is a microcosm of every dark aspect of humanity there is. Texas is afflicted with a special kind of crazy — it’s super-concentrated and extra ignorant, as Gawker demonstrates:
The mayor of Irving, Beth Van Duyne, became a beloved national hero to America’s anti-Muslim fanatics when, last February, she seized on a fraudulent online chain letter, which claimed that area imams had created a special court based on sharia law. In response, Mayor Van Duyne posted a Facebook rant in which she vowed to “fight with every fiber of my being” the nonexistent “sharia court.” One anti-Muslim website gushed that Irving “is being called ‘ground zero’ in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system” and hailed her as “the mayor who stood up to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
That led to support for a bill introduced in the Texas State Legislature banning the use of foreign law, which its sponsor made clear was targeted at least in part at these “sharia courts.” The Irving City Council went out of its way to enact a resolution supporting the state bill. It was enacted in June. One of the City Council members who opposed the bill — William “Bill” Mahone, who “denounced the vote and urged Irving to ’embrace the Muslims’” — then lost his seat in the city election “by a wide margin.” I’ve spoken to Muslim groups in Irving and there is a small but thriving community there, which in turn has produced intense anti-Muslim animus.
But after all is said and done…isn’t time the real enemy?
(Sorry, couldn’t help myself…)