Geller: 'Islamophobia' Clock a 'Setup'

"This story is pure agitprop most fatal."

Pamela Geller says that the story of a Muslim teen arrested this week for bringing a device that looked like a bomb to school is a "setup" likely dreamed up by the boy's pro-Muslim activist father. 

Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, became a national name after the AFDI's controversial "Draw Muhammad" contest was targeted by Islamic extremists

In an op-ed Thursday, Geller said she though something "smelled fishy" when she first heard reports of teen Ahmed Mohamed being taken away in handcuffs for bringing a mysterious "ticking device" to school and being "passive aggressive" when questioned by officials. But when more information about the father surfaced, Geller said the whole thing "positively stinks":

In what has become one of the most egregious of the faked hate narratives, the bomb hoax clockster turns out to come from a family that has a history of supremacist stunts. The New York Daily News reported this Wednesday about Ahmed Mohamed’s father, Mohamed ElHassan Mohamed:

"One of the earliest instances of the standout citizen making national news was in 2011, when he sensationally stood up to an anti-Islamic pastor and defended the Koran as its defense attorney. That mock trial at a Florida church ended with the book’s burning, to ElHassan’s claimed shock. In an interview with the Washington Post at the time, the devoted Muslim said he’d take on Rev. Terry Jones’ challenge because the holy book teaches that Muslims should engage in peaceful dialogue with Christians."

Also in 2011, ElHassan debated Robert Spencer on the question of “Does Islam Respect Human Rights?” Clearly, he was trying to score a victory against a famous “Islamophobe” and thus win a name for himself. ElHassan has been looking for publicity and chances to fight against “Islamophobia” for a considerable period. Now he has seized it, going so far as to claim his son was "tortured" by school and law enforcement officials.

He finally has the cause he has been seeking for so long. 

Geller ends the piece by warning about the possible security threat the President Obama-endorsed "agitprop" poses:

This story is pure agitprop most fatal. “If you see something, say something” is now racism. And for destroying this simple principle of self-protection, young Ahmed Mohamed is a media star. Not only has Barack Obama invited him to the White House, but NASA has also invited Ahmed to meet with them, as has Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. 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.

Read Geller's full op-ed here