Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist, took to Twitter to further criticise Ahmed Mohammed, the "clock boy" who had an audience with US President Barack Obama, comparing him to the Isis child executioner.
The 14-year-old boy, Mohammed, had been arrested in his school in Irving, Texas for bringing a homemade clock to school which authorities thought was a bomb.
He was, later, honoured by Google and visited the White House after being invited by the President.
The scientist, Dawkins, reacting to Mohammed's family's demand for $15 million as damages and apology from the Texas government, took to Twitter calling him a "hoax boy" who ""hoaxed his way into the White House."
Don't call him "clock boy" since he never made a clock. Hoax Boy, having hoaxed his way into the White House, now wants $15M in addition!
â€” Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 24, 2015
This was not the first time that the scientist had expressed his disapprobation about the child who called the clock his invention, reports Time. Judging the attempt of a 14-year-old, who was tinkering with science, he had said:
If the reassembled components did something more than the original clock, that's creative. If not, it looks like hoax http://t.co/bBcaWoJpbd
â€” Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015
After Dawkin's recent foot-in-mouth comment on Twitter, he has drawn flak from Twitter users such as Karin Robinson, Associate Director of Ogilvy One Worldwide, trolls, etc.
â€” Karin Robinson (@karinjr) November 24, 2015
@RichardDawkins You're a 74-year-old picking on a kid. You've completely squandered the good you could've done as an ambassador for science.
â€” Josh (@JoshMLabelle) November 24, 2015
The scientist who calls himself an atheist also said that had Mohammed been a white boy he would have been equally critical of him calling the reassembling of a clock as invention.
According to Dawkins, the issue is not that the child was wrongly persecuted because of his racial profile but that he called the clock an "invention" of his.