Suitcase Clock

Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.


I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can.  My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone.  True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.

muslim attitudesSo why the alarm now?  Well because now is post 9/11.  Now is in a nation whose Muslim population is made up of people who, to varying degrees, think suicide bombing in defense of Islam is an option.

Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t.  You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of.  Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.

As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position.  For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb.  Try it.  I just snipped this from a Google search.  Quick, which is the clock?suitcase clock

And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.

I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents.  Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with a “double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

In God We Trust

Yes, In God We Trust belongs in America today, just as it did at the founding of our nation.

Now, there are facts and there are Facebook facts.   True facts are those that can be proven true through independent evidence.  Facebook facts are evidently true because there are so many people on Facebook, that everyone you talk to saw the same thing and will back you up on the validity of the Facebook Fact (FBF).  It must be true because it’s on Facebook. ;)

Here’s a couple of those Facebook Facts (FBF) that showed up in my timeline last week.

Rubio igwtEvidently we are supposed to take as fact that “In God We Trust” came to life in 1956 and that Marco Rubio is a nincompoop.   I don’t think either is factual, but given the speed at which false information travels on the internet,  both may already qualify as FBF.

One commenter on that timeline image even added their own twist to this FBF.

I bet his crazy ass father taught him that. The only reference is in the Declaration of Independence that refers to “Nature’s God” and the “laws of nature.”

Now I don’t know Marco Rubio, so he may be a fatuous nincompoop with a crazy ass father(don’t really think so), but I believe him to be correct in his sentiment that trust in God is foundational to out nation.  As for the words “In God We Trust” as a slogan and or motto here are a few real facts:


  • In 1956 congress did actually pass a law declaring “In God We Trust” as our national motto, but trust in God didn’t suddenly poof into existence in 1956.
  • During the 1860’s the US was minting coins with the inscription “In God We Trust”  I don’t know if it a motto, a slogan, or what, but by my crude math skills I put the 1860’s almost 100 years before 1956.
  • In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote a poem while held as a prisoner by the British during the War of 1812.  His poem contained the line, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.”   That poem, set to music is now know as the Star Spangled Banner.   Again with crude math 1956 was some 150 years later.

Clearly trust in God as a part of our nation predates 1956 and in reality goes back to the very foundation of our nation.  When the commenter mentions our Declaration of Independence they were ever so close to proving Marco Rubio true, they just were looking at the wrong end of the Declaration.

In opposition to the King of England our Declaration of Independence declared these important things,

  • that we would no longer be governed by England
  • that people had inalienable rights bestowed upon them by their Creator, not government.
  • that we were starting our own government.

Our Declaration was a hugely important document in it’s time, as well as now.  Anyone signing the Declaration would have been hung by the British as traitors had they been caught.  I’ve read that 5 signers were actually caught, tortured and subsequently died, but that may just be a FBF.

So what made our nation’s founders believe that they had a chance in heck of being successful in their endeavor of creating the United States?  Well it’s all there in that last sentence of the Declaration,

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

In order to break from England and start this new nation called the United States, our founders mutually pledged to each other: their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor, but most importantly they did so “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence .”   They knew that for this nation to succeed they needed to rely on each other and firmly rely on the protection of divine Providence or in other words they had a complete trust in God’s will.

“firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” = Trust in God

“In God we Trust” was most certainly not a motto dreamt up by Christian zealots in the 1950s’ or 1860’s or whatever era, trust in God was part of our nation before we were a nation.  In God We Trust was not some catchy phrase to our founding fathers, it was what they did, they trusted in God.

Motto, slogan, or whatever, I don’t think anything could be more “American” than Trust in God.


Yes, this can happen in the U.S.

This is from Great Britain, but the same thing is already happening here.  The scariest line is when Stacey Dooley asks why the Muslims are not respecting British laws,

“The Islamic preacher claimed that if the law is Islamic, it will be respected. However, those who implement non-Islamic law will go to Hell and thus, no Muslim is obliged to respect non-Islamic laws.”

Islam, whether practiced peacefully or practiced violently, has always been incompatible with our nation’s basic tenets and laws.   It’s time for mainstream Islam to reform it’s tenets to be compatible with our nation.  It’s time for mainstream Islam to reject it’s violent brothers.  It’s time for Muslims to march in the streets in protest against Muslims like those in the video.

Our laws regarding religious freedoms do not protect Muslims who commit violent acts, nor do they protect Muslims that incite others to commit violence.   It’s not intolerance to reject this behavior.

Unjust laws

We, especially we here in Washington State, seem to be under a barrage of new laws lately that define the kind of people we will become. At this crossroads, will we remain a nation held to the high moral standards set by our founders or will we pass unjust laws that serve the desires of man?

Fifty or so years ago Martin Luther King wrote from a jail cell during another crossroads period of time in our nation. I remembered that he talked about the difference between just and unjust laws so I reread his Letter from Birmingham Jail this morning.

“How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

I would take this one step further and say that to have a nation of “just” laws, we must elect “just” leaders

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

(Pro 29:2)