Pearland, TX — Because of America’s tendency to both provoke and buy into irrational fear of Muslims, a mute six-year-old boy with Down Syndrome was accused of being a terrorist last month, prompting a police response and investigation.
“Mohammad was born with Down Syndrome chromosome 21,” said the boy’s father Maher Suleiman to FOX 26 Houston.
The small boy is unable to speak because of his intellectual difficulties and requires round the clock care.
Last month, police were called to C.J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland because a substitute teacher accused the small boy with Down Syndrome of shouting terroristic threats. He’s mute.
“It’s not true, he doesn’t speak at all,” said Maher. He also said the substitute teacher told police the boy would reportedly say “Allah” and “boom,” FOX 26 reported.
“She claimed he was a terrorist,” said Maher. “This is so stupid, it’s discrimination. Actually, it’s not implied discrimination, it’s actual discrimination.”
Rather than see the overt and irrational fear that would cause a grown woman to think a mute 6-year-old with Down Syndrome is a terrorist, police actually opened an investigation into the child. This insanity not only sparked a police investigation but also prompted Child Protective Services to get involved.
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,” said Maher. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.”
The case is now gaining the attention of local news and activists as it highlights the power of the state and media to stir up blatant ignorance and hatred toward innocent people based solely on their religious preference.
“In my opinion, based on everything I heard from the police department and speaking with the administration from the school, that this was a story piece milled together by a substitute teacher alleging this child was sexually harassing her, the teacher, and possibly being a terrorist,” said community activist Quanell X. “A 6-year-old kid.”
The Pearland Police Department told FOX 26 that their ‘investigation’ into the terrorist activities of a 6-year-old boy with Down Syndrome did not warrant further police involvement. However, the CPS feels differently and their case is still currently open.
The impact of fools spreading hate has already begun to materialize and is sending ISIS into a fury of celebration — as creating a divide between Muslims and everyone else is their stated mission.
As the Free Thought Project’s Jay Syrmopolous pointed out, if there is one thing that Islamic fundamentalists and Islamophobic fascists agree on, it’s that there should be no “gray zone;” only black and white.
The gray zone is the zone of peaceful coexistence. Eliminating the gray zone – and rendering a world as black & white as the flag of the Islamic state is the ultimate goal of fundamentalists on all sides.
In fact, a recent ISIS publication, titled Extinction of the Grayzone made clear that the strategy has been at play for over a decade.
“The grayzone is critically endangered, rather on the brink of extinction. It’s endangerment began with the blessed operation of September 11th, as these operations manifested two camps before the world for mankind to choose between, a camp of Islam… and a camp of kufr – the crusader coalition.”
These are the same sentiments expressed by George W. Bush when he infamously said,
“Either you are with us or with the terrorists.”
We are witnessing Muslims being thrown off of buses because of ignorant passengers fearing for their lives. We see physical assaults waged by fearful pawns in ISIS’s propaganda campaign against peaceful Muslims, who’ve harmed no one.
There has been an escalation of anti-Muslim attacks in the United States over the past two years as this divide grows. These attacks range from rubbing human feces and leaving pigs heads outside of mosques, to beating and even killing people for their religion.
If you are willing to harass, hurt, or kill an innocent person because of their religion, you are no better than ISIS.
You are also hurting the fight against terrorism.
According to recent polls and studies conducted in the last few years, Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And, many Muslims have been highly outspoken against terrorist organizations.
As TFTP reported, 70,000 clerics came together, representing the majority of the Muslim world and publicly denounced ISIS as a threat to humanity.
Also, a Duke University study found more terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community than were discovered through U.S. government investigations.
The way to truly defeat ISIS is by rendering their fear and divisive tactics impotent. The US needs to show ISIS, and those being manipulated by their tactics that tolerance and freedom are far more powerful than bigotry and hate.
Also, Americans will do well to remember how it was that ISIS came to be in the first place, and avoid future murderous blunders that will inevitably fill the ranks of extremist groups with even more susceptible victims of Western foreign policy.
You can bow down to the will of ISIS by allowing their hate-filled rhetoric and divisive tactics to cloud your mind with fear and hatred, thus leading to disabled 6-year-old boys getting accused of terrorism. Or, you can peacefully rise up and stand against those who would drive a wedge through the heart of humankind. The choice is yours.