9/11 coloring book sparks controversy for demonizing Muslims
A 9/11 coloring book has emerged on the brink of the tenth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. It is entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” and was published by Missouri-based Really Big Coloring Books.
The color book begins with Osama bin Laden plotting to attack the United States and ends with bin Laden being shot by a Navy SEAL. A spokesperson for the publisher said that seeing bin Laden get shot “provides closure” for children.
Dawud Walid, Michigan representative for the Council on American Islamic Relations, called the book disgusting because it portrays all Muslims as terrorists.
“This publisher is doing a disservice to innocent young minds by showing this type of nonsense. In every single reference to Muslims has to do with radical, extremists, and depictions of people being terrorists,” he said.
“Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions colored by those images… it instills bias in young minds,” Walid told ABC News.
One page of the coloring book states: “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.”
The publisher said the book is a factual tool to teach children about the terrorists attacks.
“The truth is the truth,” Wayne Bell, the head of the publishing company, said. “It’s unfortunate that they were all Muslim and that’s the part people want to erase.”
Really Big Coloring Books has published a number of other politically and religiously themed coloring books, including the “The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids” and “President Obama ‘An Activity & Work Book.'”
Watch ABC7’s report of the book, courtesy of WXYZ, below: