It’s about time. All about time. The Muslim teen who once said he wants to “help change Texas for the better,” and help them “admit their mistakes,” got a Texas-sized reality check last week, when his lawsuit against Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro was dismissed. lt’s a new day in America, people.
It all started in September 14, 2015, when Ahmed Muhammed, a 14 year-old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving Texas, brought what looked like a bomb to show a teacher. It was a clock, yes. But it was the innards of a Radio Shack clock, encased not in a clock face, but in a briefcase, and complete with ticking and beeping. It was also not a school assignment. Ahmed claimed he had brought it to show his engineering teacher what he had done privately over the weekend.
He never got the chance, well, at least not in person. His English teacher reported the device, and Ahmed was promptly arrested, taken to a juvenile detention center, and questioned for an hour and a half. The student was released to his parents later that day, but suspended for trying to create a bomb scare.
Add to the fact that the student was well-known as a Muslim, his family had connections to terrorist groups, his father had run twice for president in the radically Islamic country of Sudan, and you do have a bomb—a public relations bomb in a politically correct world. And Obama fell for it. He tweeted, “Cool clock,” and invited Ahmed to the White House.
Ahmed Muhammed then became a celebrity. He was a poster child of profiling, Islamaphobia, and a test of our national diversity and tolerance. It was important, to the Obama-centric political climate, that we pass this test. Or something like that.
Liberal media reports splashed around the photos of a confused teenage boy, with glasses and wide-eyed innocence weighing all of about 98 pounds, being led away from his beloved learning environment in handcuffs just for being ambitious and Muslim. The entire country tried to make up for it, and there were even photos of him posed as an innocent and scrawny engineering-nerd with a toothy-smile, dwarfed in a NASA T-shirt.
Technology companies like Google and Twitter jumped in on this “budding technology genius,” both meeting with him, and Twitter offered him an internship. The Mayor of New York called it “Ahmed Day,” and the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), honored him as the Muslim of the Year.
Ahmed then spent several months touring the Islamic world so that he could learn more about Islam, stating that he couldn’t really do it in Texas. That may be so, but never minding the fact that religious groups of all kinds in the United States get around this by teaching their kids faith through home-schooling, through religious private schools, or through religious communities. They don’t expect it from the public school system.
On his “Islamic learning pilgrimage,” Ahmed is photographed meeting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the international court for war crimes, and has been nicknamed “The Butcher of Darfur,” for sanctioning gruesome genocidal acts, like beheading children in front of their parents.
The family then moved to Qatar for four months before returning to Texas, citing missing their family. In October 2015, Ben Shapiro of the DailyWire.com spoke about the entire Ahmed Muhammed incident on The Kelly File on Fox News.
Shapiro declared the entire incident a hoax and a pre-planned media attempt. Shapiro said Ahmed’s father was using the entire incident as a way to further his political agenda and the interests of Islam.
The family then filed a lawsuit against Shapiro, Fox News, Glenn Beck, and others claiming defamation. On February 2, 2017, the case was heard by Dallas County Judge Maricela Moore and dismissed.
David Yerushalmi, the senior counsel at American Freedom Law Center, called it a, “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, (SLAPP)” case, and another example of what he called “Islamist lawfare.” He writes that these cases are intended to silence people, for fear of a lawsuit.
“This is an excellent day for free speech,” Shapiro shared on his website, the Daily Wire. “Using law as warfare is perhaps the most disgusting tactic of politically correct activists across the country, and we couldn’t be more excited to stand up against such frivolous use of our court system.”
Ahmed Muhammed’s family will have to pay all Shapiro’s court costs and legal fees within 14 days. There is a separate pending case against the Irving school district.