The Ahmed Mohammed story that is arising so much fuss in the States doesn’t compel me at all to raise a ruckus. While I can clearly see how the incident affect Americans in such a high degree, I can also understand the teacher’s and administration’s reasons to act as they did. The police, also, was only doing their job. Now, it may be different to live in a country where you see, everyday, that your freedom is being constantly reduced in favor of security, and where racial problems are a long, long story of fights for social and civil rights.
Living in a society where a kid can’t build a clock and bring it to school must be suffocating in a lot of different levels. The first one, the fear. To live in constant fear can be exhausting. And one ends up detaining a kid who happened to be creative. And muslim. Of those two factors, the most important one is his religion. And, to be honest, it should be.
Religions produce many different effects in people. It depends on how the person’s brain is, but also in which kind of religion it is. While the nocive effects of religion in general have been well document through history, it is also true that different schemes of believes create different attitudes and actions. Islam, as it is right now, is a dangerous religion. Not only because of the radicals, but also because of the moderate believers who allow, as a broth does, for radicals to exist. Moderates who can, quite easily, be radicalized every now and then.
Therefore the problem is not the American society, the teacher, the police. The problem, I’m afraid, as so many times before, is religion.