Richard Dawkins now with Ahmed
Richard Dawkins has been cited by anti-Ahmed commenters, but Dawkins has changed his mind after spending more time pondering the known facts.
Dawkins, who had previously expressed skepticism about the official story of Ahmed Mohamed and his arrest, stressed on Twitter that he agreed it was wrong to arrest and handcuff the student.
“Yes, I completely agree with that. He should most certainly NOT have been arrested, handcuffed etc.,” tweeted Dawkins on Sunday.
Dawkins commented on social media that the source of his concerns about Mohamed centered on the student apparently claiming that he “invented” the clock, when he had not done so.
“I agree, although his English seems good, it’s possible he doesn’t know the meaning of ‘invention.’ And he should NOT have been arrested,” posted Dawkins.
I think that a lot of 14-year-old kids don’t understand the distinction between inventing stuff and merely taking something apart and reassembling it in a different form. And most kids don’t know how little they know.
And I think that commenters here are unfairly blaming the kid because the media has made a big deal about it because it fits their narrative, and because the kid’s father is an annoying media-hound who no doubt was a primary influencer in getting a lot of attention to the story.
I still think the kid is just a nerdy kid who thought it was cool that he could disassemble a clock and install the components into a pencil case.