An image from the book - Osama bin Laden hiding behind a hijab-wearing woman (Image from guardian.co.uk)

Missouri-based publisher, Really Big Coloring Books has sparked controversy worldwide over its newest release, “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom”. The coloring book narrates the story of September 11, 2001 terror attacks in black and white drawings. Given a PG rating, the book seeks to tell the “truth” about terrorism.

Here’s more from the publisher, Wayne Bell:

“We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes basic freedoms in America. We suggest parental guidance. As the 9/11 events are shown countless times on national media, this book will help children understand the meaning of these events. The book was created with honesty, integrity, reverence, respect and does not shy away from the truth.In this book you will see what happens to a terrorist who orders others to bomb our peace loving wonderful nation.”

Not everyone thinks this is a memorial tribute to the victims of the bombing. The Council on Islamic-American Relations calls the graphic novel coloring book “disgusting” which tries to link all Muslims to terrorism.

Perhaps what outraged the Muslim community most is this line from the page where Osama is shot by a Navy SEAL, it reads:

“Being the elusive character that he was, and after hiding out with his terrorist buddies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American soldiers finally locate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.” It continues, “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.”

 

CAIR-Michigan Executive Director appears on Dr. Drew’s CNN program and says the coloring book promotes anti-Muslim stereotypes:

 

The first print run of 10,000 copies has already sold out.

Do you think it promotes anti-Muslim stereotypes? Is it a good teaching tool or confusing to children?

Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., has chosen that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Bridges for Peace. A Jerusalem-based, Bible-believing Christian organization supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews worldwide through education.

The company has also published other coloring books on topics “from dinosaurs and zoo animals to African-American leaders, President Obama, superheroes of the Bible and even the Tea Party.”