Ahmed (clock boy) Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas after a homemade clock he falsely claimed to have built himself and brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, will soon be leaving with his family to move to the hotbed of terrorism, Qatar, to attend school after accepting a Qatari foundation’s offer to pay for his high school and college in Doha.
Caller The decision by the family of a Texas teenager to move to Qatar is not surprising in light of lingering anti-Muslim sentiment that makes many U.S. followers of Islam feel as if they are “under siege,” a spokesman for a national Muslim-American group said Wednesday.
The teen, Ahmed Mohamed, shot to national prominence last month after he was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school (which he didn’t actually create, but instead took parts from an existing digital clock and put them in a briefcase) which a teacher mistook for a possible bomb.
Yousuf Fahimuddin, a Muslim journalist in the San Francisco Bay area, believes the family’s departure will only perpetuate the idea that Muslims are not loyal to the U.S. (They AREN’T) Instead, he said, “Muslims should try to share their common humanity with others to demonstrate that they are regular people.” (They AREN’T)
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the U.S. has seen a significant rise in the level of anti-Muslim sentiment – feelings he said were reflected by the political attacks of GOP presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
“The Muslim-American community feels under siege by all this,” Hooper said. (GOOD! That’s the idea)