Richard Dawkins expressed some support for the notion that Ahmed Mohamed's clock was a hoax this weekend. He's part of the wave of Ahmed "truthers" who are trying to prove that Ahmed didn't build his own clock and actually had a surreptitious motive to get himself arrested.
He tweeted the following on Sunday:
This tweet extends to:
This man seems to know what he's talking about.
If he's right, Ahmed didn't build a clock. He simply took one out of its casing. Did he deliberately want to be suspected of making a bomb? Did he want to be arrested, to be seen as a victim of "Islamophobia"? If so, Texas police played right into his hands and most of us (including me) fell for it.
He then tried to backtrack and clarify his statements, in addition to stressing that he still doesn't believe Ahmed should've been arrested:
He then kind of made an apology, but like most old white atheist males, still expresses skepticism towards the concept of Islamophobia and holds fast to the idea that Ahmed didn't actually build that clock:
Come on, Dawkins. Why do you have to be such a negative Nancy?