Muslim-American groups are red with frustration over a 36-page “graphic novel” recently released by Really Big Coloring Books Inc. of St. Louis. The coloring book, “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” reportedly depicts colorable scenes from 9/11 to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Kids can color in the twin towers, Navy SEALS, and former president George W. Bush among others in a 12-hour narrative, rated “PG,” saying children 10 and younger probably should use it with a parent or teacher at their side.
Amina Sharif of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Chicago Tribune that the book depicts the events of 9/11 in a “slanted” manner, failing to distinguish the attackers as extremist radicals:
“It’s hateful, inflammatory and completely inappropriate for children or anyone for that matter,” Sharif said.
Dawud Walid takes offense to the book, telling ABC News that nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words “terrorist” or “extremist.”
“It’s disgusting,” said Walid, the Michigan representative for the Council on American Islamic Relations.
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