9-11 kids coloring book stirs controversy
On August 27, 2011 At 8:37 am
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As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches, a graphic kids coloring book called "We Shall Never Forget 9/11–The Kids' Book of Freedom" has come out. The book begins with Osama bin Laden plotting to attack the United States, and ends with the raid on his compound.
The publisher says the book is a factual tool to teach children about the attacks and the war on terror, but critics say that the book portrays all Muslims as radicals or extremists. Some have also expressed concerns that the images of the Twin Towers on fire and a bullet heading for bin Laden are too graphic for children.
The coloring book has a PG rating and is only available online. It is for children aged 5 and older.
Dawud Walid, Executive Director for the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan, finds the book disgusting. He told CNN's Dr. Drew that the book promotes anti-Muslim stereotypes.
Wayne Bell, Publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., said that the book is factual history and that the book does not portray Muslims in a negative light at all. He said that if Walid chose to be disgusted, he should be disgusted by the acts of the terrorists.
Walid contended that every time that Muslims are mentioned in the book, they are betrayed as radicals and said that there is a picture in the book where a victim is wearing a cross. Bell contended that prior to publishing the book, his company contacted CAIR and Louis Farrakhan for input.