Thursday, September 1, 2011 | Categories: The As It Happens Blog
- by jeff douglas
We're approaching the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and nothing says commemoration like....
A colouring book.
A coloring book.
This one has some seeing red, white and blue. Others can't get past that first colour. Sorry. Color.
The publishers - Really Big Coloring Books - say that "We Shall Never Forget 9/11" is a tool designed to educate children who were not born at the time.
An example of the prose in the book is as follows:
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. We must be prepared to know and understand the truth. America is FREE. Ask your mother and father, your teacher, your preacher what this really means. What does it mean to be FREE? Why are we a FREE people? We are free to think, free to be honest, free to write, free to live as we wish. We are America. America does not hate other people in the world, but we love the world in which we live and will defend our way of life.
- from We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of Freedom
Critics say the book is hate mongering. In particular, they're upset with some of the artwork, one example of which shows Osama Bin Laden's death at the end of a Navy SEAL's assault rifle:
The brass at Really Big Coloring Books are standing by their offering, with founder Wayne Bell saying... This is history. It is absolutely factual. This is about 19 terrorist hijackers that came over here under the leadership of a devil worshipper, Osama bin Laden, to murder our people.
Tonight we speak with Christian Science Monitor correspondent, Huzna Haq about her reaction to "We Shall Never Forget 9/11".