“Osama bin Laden has a victory that we have given him. Our panicked reaction to his 9/11 attacks has undermined our constitutional rights, drained our treasury, killed thousands of our military men and women, and compromised our ethics. We have allowed him to change us from what we should be, to what we have become — fair-weather Americans who abandon our principles, surrender our rights and diminish our freedom for government’s tenuous promise of physical safety.” – Randy Alcorn
We’re all familiar by now with Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim youth in an Irving, Texas high school who was arrested after he showed one of his teachers a clock he had made of cardboard and clock parts he salvaged. It was a device he put together to impress his engineering teacher, something he wanted to demonstrate his acumen in the sciences with. His brown skin and Muslim-sounding name however sparked alarm in one teacher and the police were called, arresting Ahmed and hauling him out of class in handcuffs.
Those who defend this action because of “the times we live in today” have little to defend when we realize that actions were not taken that indicated they actually felt there was a serious threat. The school wasn’t evacuated, the bomb squad wasn’t called in and Ahmed was taken away in a squad car along with his feared “bomb”.
But are the teacher and police who over reacted – supposedly just doing their jobs – at fault? One Muslim group doesn’t think so.
Khalid Hamideh of the Islamic Association of North Texas blamed political leaders for espousing inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and creating a “climate of fear.”
“We’re not pointing a finger at the school district or the police department,” Hamideh said. “Under the current climate that exists in this country, you can’t really blame them because when they see something like that, they have to react.” SOURCE
They may well be right. To make this case, shortly after this incident at a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire this “climate of fear” was exhibited when The Donald was asked by a white male audience participant, “When can we get rid of ‘em?”, meaning all American Muslims.
Rather than show offense at the casual suggestion of cultural genocide Trump merely replied that “We are going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people saying that”. Clearly Trump was not espousing inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric but by his failure to quell this man’s irrational sense of America’s “Muslim problem,” Trump added to the climate of fear that Mr. Hamideh referenced in his statement.
Though it bothers me as it should any civilized person that such racists comments still exists toward Muslims following the 9/11 tragedy it doesn’t surprise me. But it strikes me that what may be occurring that raises the ire of such neanderthals at the Trump rallies around the country is that their own actions are likely responsible for the fear they have ginned up over the years toward Islam and American Muslims.
Take just a few moments and reflect how the effects of being bullied and isolated by peer groups has had devastating effects on suicide rates in our culture. If the victims of such damaging behavior don’t commit suicide then they develop a hate that starts to fester and could possibly lead to retaliatory action not unlike what happened when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 21 others before they took their own life.
This scenario has replicated itself numerous times since then and usually from kids who were made to feel unwelcome. Now carry that over to a Muslim child who has experienced that hate from one or two members of their high school peer groups along with no one standing up for them. The urge to take revenge is not only a factor of their mistreatment of others but heightened by the fact they it is caused for something they have no control over – their skin color and their religion.
If you were a recruiter for ISIS/ISIL or al-Qaeda, which Muslim Americans do you think would be the easiest to win over as home-grown terrorists? Of the type most valuable to them would be those with a gift of genius and engineering know-how. Someone like Ahmed Mohamed whose skills could be turned to real bomb making.
Fortunately there was an outpouring from around the country whose show of support for the young inventor will shield him from the psychological damage that can come from hateful stereotypes.
Ahmed … will get to visit the White House next month to attend an astronomy conference. Invitations have been pouring in to visit Facebook, to attend a Google science fair and to take an internship with Twitter. He even got social-media support from scientists at NASA, whose T-shirt Ahmed wore when he was handcuffed at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after he brought his clock to class Monday.
In addition, close to a million people in the last 24 hours jumped on his bandwagon and sent out tweets with the supportive hashtag#IstandwithAhmed, according to Topsy, a social analytics site.
He said he is most excited to have heard from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I dream of going there,” he said. SOURCE