AUDIO: 9/11 colouring book slammed
A children's colouring book about the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings in the U.S. has critics seeing red.
The book depicts scenes from the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and the ensuing 10-year hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Its publisher, Really Big Coloring Books of St. Louis, says We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of Freedom "is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11…. The book does not shy away from the truth."
But certain passages are way out of line, detractors say. A page showing the killing of bin Laden portrays him cowering behind a veiled woman as he's shot by a rifle-toting U.S. soldier. Reads the text above, "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."
CBC Radio's As It Happens discussed the colouring book with Husna Haq, a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and a Muslim.