Not a word of sympathy from the town mayor to the kid who was arrested for building a clock or his family pic.twitter.com/wR2AjHxxOg
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) September 16, 2015
The local mayor didn't bother to even offer condolences or mention Ahmed Mohamed's name in her Facebook posting, the 14 year old who was falsely arrested for being smart enough to build a clock from scratch.
She did say, as a parent, she would have been mad at the treatment of the student, who shall remain nameless. Nice going.
Why don't the police know anything about a homemade bomb in Texas? There needs to be an actual explosive attached to a device that may blow up. Some wires and a circuit board do not qualify. Are they that ignorant?
We know Beth Van Duyne as the anti-Muslim mayor xenophobe, after her cooked up support for a bogus anti-Sharia law bill penned by an extremeist Rep. Jeff Leach.
The mayor stands by her statements, including an interview with former Fox News host Glenn Beck last month, when she said Sheikh and other imams were “bypassing American courts” by offering to mediate disputes among their worshippers according to an Islamic code called Shariah.
The mediation is advertised as voluntary, non-binding and in harmony with the law.
But it’s led Van Duyne to back Rep. Jeff Leach’s bill, “American Laws for American Courts,” which would forbid judges from the already illegal practice of using foreign law in their rulings.
While the bill does not mention religion, Leach, R-Plano, has singled out the Islamic mediation panel as a “problem” it will solve. The wording is largely identical to a bill filed several years ago, pitched then as a way to stop the influence of “large populations of Middle-Easterners.”
“They’re calling me Islamophobic because I’m supporting the U.S. and Texas constitutions, and U.S. and Texas laws?” Van Duyne said, after being told that Muslims plan to protest tonight’s vote. “I’m not going to be embarrassed because I’m standing proud to be an American.”
I wonder if Ahmed would have had the cops called on him if he was named Johnny, who played quarterback and built the clock? Just saying.
This xenophobia is too much and Trump's magnification of it hasn't helped.