Raw Story: Anti-Muslim conservatives are coalescing around a narrative to push against national outrage about the arrest of a 14-year-old boy who built a clock and brought it to school. While more libertarian-minded conservatives blamed the incident on “zero tolerance” policies — and not racism or xenophobia — others are warning the incident is a “setup” intended to keep Americans from being Islamophobic enough.
Pamela Geller — who organized an anti-Islam art contest earlier this year in Garland, near the teen’s home in Irving — also claimed the ninth-grader’s arrest was part of a plot by Obama to undermine national security. “This story is pure agitprop most fatal,” Geller warned. “’If you see something, say something’ is now racism. The whole thing has clearly been a setup, and its effect will be to make Americans less safe. If you ever see a Muslim with a suspicious object, remember the lesson of Ahmed Mohamed: to say something would be ‘racism.’ That could end up being the epitaph of America and the free world.” Geller also accused the teen’s family of engaging in Muslim “supremacist stunts.”
This is how conservatives think, what makes them tick, and what differentiates them from liberals:
Jim Hanson, vice president of the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy, described the boy’s homemade device as “half a bomb,” reported The Intercept. “It looks exactly like a number of IED triggers that were produced by the Iranians and used to kill U.S. troops in the war in Iraq,” Hanson said.
Frank Gaffney, the think tank’s founder and president, agreed … said the controversy was an “influence operation” by the Council on American-Islamic Relations … the civil rights group was using “professional victim-promoting” to wage “civilization jihad” with the assistance of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The anti-government Oath Keepers group complained that schools are too quick to punish students for wearing NRA T-shirts or carrying “Wonder Woman” lunch boxes — but then said Mohamed’s teacher was right to alert authorities to the boy’s clock.
And for those pushing religious freedom, no matter what the Constitution says, this comment might be a bit of a contradiction:
Oath Keeper David Codrea wrote, “As is anyone who believe a prime function of government is to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, as opposed to flooding the Republic with inimical alien cultures.”