- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Evolutionary biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins has sparked a wave of backlash on social media after he compared the Muslim teenager whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, to a child executioner for the Islamic State terror group.

Mr. Dawkins made the comments after learning Ahmed Mohamed’s family is demanding $15 million in damages from city and school officials in Irving, Texas, over his brief detainment and subsequent suspension in September after a teacher mistook the 14-year-old’s homemade digital clock for a bomb.

Mr. Dawkins has expressed cynicism in the family’s story since the beginning and has linked to YouTube videos that claim Ahmed’s clock is a “fraud” and is only a commercial bedside alarm clock removed from its original casing.

“Don’t call him ‘clock boy’ since he never made a clock. Hoax Boy, having hoaxed his way into the White House, now wants $15M in addition!” Mr. Dawkins tweeted to his 1.3 million followers Tuesday. “He didn’t make anything. He opened a clock, took out the innards and put them in a box so they looked like a bomb.”

“‘But he’s only a kid.’ Yes, a ‘kid’ old enough to sue for $15M those whom he hoaxed[.] And how old is this ‘kid’?” Mr. Dawkins asked, linking to an article about a young Islamic State killer beheading a victim.

He spent the next couple hours defending the tweet.

“I don’t hate Muslims. I hate people who behead, stone, lash, and throw people off high buildings. Most Muslims don’t,” he wrote.

“Oh for heaven’s sake, can’t you read? Their young AGES are being compared, nothing else,” he tweeted to one user, adding in another tweet that “simply that being a ‘kid’ doesn’t protect you from criticism.”

“It’s exactly like when I said I don’t have to read Mein Kampf to condemn Nazism. The numpties thought I was accusing Muslims of being Nazis!” he wrote. “When somebody has fooled you, the gracious thing is to admit it, not pretend it never happened.”

Mr. Dawkins later mused that perhaps a comparison to the killers of James Bulger, a 2-year-old British boy who was murdered by two 10-year-olds in 1993, “would have been a better example.”

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