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Richard Dawkins Accuses Texas Clock Boy Ahmed Mohamed Of Committing 'Fraud'

20/09/2015 15:15 | Updated 21 September 2015

Richard Dawkins' dubious Twitter form underwent a further mutation on Sunday, the evolutionary biologist claiming Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old arrested last week after a teacher suspected a homemade clock was a bomb, was guilty of "fraud."

Mohamed was arrested and questioned by police officers at the MacArthur high school in Irvine last Monday. He was subsequently suspended for three days. The controversy gained national attention, including an invitation from President Obama to bring his clock to the White House.

Dawkins opened with these on Sunday morning:

Rebuttals followed:

Then this:

More rebuttals:

Yet Dawkins' ire remained fixed on Mohamed's claim he invented the device... and not the fact that a teenager was arrested for exploring rudimentary electronics.

Then a slight evolution in Dawkins' thinking:

Then this climbdown:

But Twitter was not having it:

Still...

This post encapsulated the general bafflement:

Any finally, this retweet by Dawko.

We await tomorrow's Twitter pantomime in which the author weighs in on the Kim Davis case by focusing on her husband's straw hat.

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Here are a few more of Richard's offbeat offerings:

  • ‘Who (Apart From The Pig) Is Damaged By Bacon?’
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    In July, Dawkins described the conviction of a man and woman for draping slices of bacon on a mosque as “contemptible.” Chelsea Lambie, 18, and Douglas Cruikshank were jailed in June after the act of desecration on Edinburgh’s Central Mosque a year ago. Cruikshank received nine months after pleading guilty while Lambie was sentenced to 12 months after being found guilty of the charges. The author of The God Delusion – who has branded religion a “betrayal of intellect” and “a betrayal of all that’s best about what makes us human” tweeted: “Who (apart from the pig) is damaged by bacon? How can this possibly justify a year in jail? Law gone mad.” He later added: “How can you be jailed a year for non-violently draping bacon on a door? Law contemptible gives standing to offence.” How can you be jailed a year for nonviolently draping bacon on a door? http://t.co/6Yk4MMQuKv. Law contemptible gives standing to "offence"— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 21, 2014Who (apart from the pig) is damaged by bacon? http://t.co/6Yk4MMQuKv How can this possibly justify a year in jail? Law gone mad.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 21, 2014
  • ‘Bin Laden Has Won’
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    In November last year Dawkins declared victory for Osama Bin Laden – after his jar of honey fell foul of airport security rules. The atheist vented his fury on Twitter after the "little jar of honey" went to waste, presumably because of restrictions on liquids that can be taken on as hand luggage. Keeping things well in perspective, he tweeted that "Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day". The professor gained little sympathy for his plight. @Sazza_jay witheringly replied: “You are truly the real victim of terrorism”, while @wefail said: “Bin Laden is eating your honey in heaven. LOL.” Blaming ‘dundridges’ for the confiscation, this was Dawkins' sniffy reply to those mocking his outrage: “Are you carpers really too thick to see the difference between a matter of general principle and a petty concern with a single jar of honey?”
  • There’s 'A Very Interesting Reason Why A Prince Could Not Turn Into A Frog.'
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    In June Dawkins declared fairytales to be “stastically too improbable” and advised parents to consider not telling them to children as they “do not foster a spirit of scepticism.” Making his comments at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dawkins appeared to slam fairytale authors like the Brothers Grimm for not pausing to think: "Would, on the balance of probabilities, a wolf trick a little a little girl into thinking it was her granny?" "I think it’s rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism," he said, according to The Times. "Even fairytales, the ones we all love, about witches and wizards or princes turning into frogs. There’s a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog. It’s statistically too improbable. But he stopped short of demanding parents stop altogether telling their children fairytales. He said: "Many people would say you destroy the magic of childhood if you tell them that princes can’t turn into frogs. I’m genuinely uncertain.”
  • ‘Mehdi Hasan Admits To Believing Muhamed Flew To Heaven On A Winged Horse’
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    Dawkins ran into further bother in April last year when he suggested a Muslim journalist should not have an opinion piece published, claiming his Islamic beliefs meant he is not” a serious journalist”. The comment was directed at HuffPost UK Political Director Mehdi Hassan, then working at the New Statesman, who was challenged by Dawkins in an interview in 2012 to admit he believed the Prophet Muhammed flew to heaven on a winged horse. Dawkins later apologised in a blog, writing: “None of those three meanings was well conveyed by my ill-judged words, and I withdraw them with apologies. I’m grateful to the many tweeters who came to my defence and saw no problem with my original formulation. Nevertheless, I cannot deny that my words were carelessly chosen.”
  • “[Muslims] They Did Great Things In The Middle Ages, Though.”
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    In August 2013, Dawkins courted controversy by claiming the world’s Muslims have won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge, but adding: “They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 8, 2013 He responded to the barrage of ensuing criticism by telling his followers: "A statement of simple fact is not bigotry. And science by Muslims was great in the distant past." In a further posting he wrote: "Where would we be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since then?" He sought to justify the controversial observation by adding: "Why mention Muslim Nobels rather than any other group? Because we so often hear boasts about (a) their total numbers and (b) their science." One angry Twitter user hit out at the remarks telling the author: "You absolutely disgust me."

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