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http://news.yahoo.com/9-11-coloring-book-criticized-depictio...

9/11 coloring book criticized for depiction of Muslims

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A coloring book aimed at teaching children about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has generated controversy for its depiction of Muslims and interpretation of the events.

"It's disgusting," said Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who has lead the charge against what he sees as an irresponsible and dangerous book.

Every mention or depiction of Muslims or Islam in the book titled "We shall never forget 9/11", is accompanied by the word "terrorist" or "extremist" and there are no counterbalancing images or references to the Muslims who were killed in the attacks or were among the first responders searching for survivors, Walid said Tuesday.

Nor does the book mention that the vast majority of Muslims in the United States and around the world condemn terrorism, he added.

"It's silly to think that a young person who colors that book who has no contact with Muslims would come away with anything but fear of Muslims and thinking that Muslims are bad people," Walid told AFP.

Really Big Coloring Books publisher Wayne Bell insists that the book is an honest portrayal of events.

"We tell this truth and tell it in black in white," Bell said in a telephone interview from his St. Louis, Missouri office.

"This book is about 19 evil terrorists who murdered 3,000 people," he said. "It just so happens that the people who flew those planes into the buildings were radical Muslim jihadists."

The book was released earlier this month ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks and comes after the specialized publishing house had seen customers search repeatedly on its websites for coloring books about the attacks.

"We did a lot of research, talked to a lot of parents and the recurring theme we heard was do not make a book that's politically correct and is going to whitewash this event," Bell said.

People also wanted a book that would be patriot and focused on a theme that became the book's title: "We shall never forget 9/11."

Subtitled "The Kids' Book of Freedom," the book teaches children that "freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim Extremists" attacked America because they "hate the American way of life because we are FREE."

Walid said this overly simplistic and populist interpretation of events is simply not true.

He pointed to statements made by Osama bin Laden and the conclusions of the US congressional 9/11 commission which found the attacks were rooted in a belief that American foreign policy and its 'immoral' culture are at war with Islam and Muslim countries.

The cartoon of bin Laden hiding behind his wife as he is shot by a Navy SEAL is also not a true depiction of events, Walid noted.

Bell dismissed the criticism as an attempt to exploit an "innocent book" to promote a political agenda.

The controversy has had a positive impact: all the headlines have spurred sales.
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Why would any sort of coloring book be appropriate? Children using coloring books would be too young to remember and not old enough to have the maturity to deal with it.
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I bought mine here:

http://www.coloringbook.com/weshallneverforget911coloringboo...

My kids are not old enough to remember, now they have a chance to learn to hate brown people and embrace the Patriot Act. For only $6.99! God Bless America.
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whac3 wrote:
Why would any sort of coloring book be appropriate? Children using coloring books would be too young to remember and not old enough to have the maturity to deal with it.


Pfft, what kind of n00b at religious war *are* you, anyway?

It's precisely *because* children who would use a coloring book are too young to remember that they have to be constantly reminded that Muslims Are The Enemy And Are, Like, Totally Evil (tm).
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pronoblem wrote:
I bought mine here:

http://www.coloringbook.com/weshallneverforget911coloringboo...

My kids are not old enough to remember, now they have a chance to learn to hate brown people and embrace the Patriot Act. For only $6.99! God Bless America.


I'm trying really hard, but what the heck is that brown ball-like thing on the cover? It almost seems non-uclidian!
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echoota wrote:
pronoblem wrote:
I bought mine here:

http://www.coloringbook.com/weshallneverforget911coloringboo...

My kids are not old enough to remember, now they have a chance to learn to hate brown people and embrace the Patriot Act. For only $6.99! God Bless America.


I'm trying really hard, but what the heck is that brown ball-like thing on the cover? It almost seems non-uclidian!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sphere
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That's right, you gotta turn them into patriots before they get a chance to think for themselves.
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Does bring up the question of what crayola color (s) best represents "tragedy?" shake
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Does bring up the question of what crayola color (s) best represents "tragedy?" shake


Terrorcotta?
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I can't wait for when the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques coloring book comes out where smiling detainees are put through a series of freedom-encouraging secret-releasing challenges.
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Fwing wrote:
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Does bring up the question of what crayola color (s) best represents "tragedy?" shake


Terrorcotta?


Burnt Umber?
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echoota wrote:
pronoblem wrote:
I bought mine here:

http://www.coloringbook.com/weshallneverforget911coloringboo...

My kids are not old enough to remember, now they have a chance to learn to hate brown people and embrace the Patriot Act. For only $6.99! God Bless America.


I'm trying really hard, but what the heck is that brown ball-like thing on the cover? It almost seems non-uclidian!


Cthulhu was behind 11/9?
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HeinzGuderian wrote:
That's right, you gotta turn them into patriots before they get a chance to think for themselves.


Its the conservative versio of Pokemon, gota brainwash them all.
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Linked perhaps to this http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/7366659#7366659, the desire to find somthing to hate.
 
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Well, never say we don't have freedom of bad taste in the U.S.


Maybe that's the "freedom" they hate us for.

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HeinzGuderian wrote:
That's right, you gotta turn them into patriots before they get a chance to think for themselves.


Just take them to a Fourth of July parade. SCIENCE!!!
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MWChapel wrote:
Well, never say we don't have freedom of bad taste in the U.S.


Don't worry, no one ever will.
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pronoblem wrote:
now they have a chance to learn to hate brown people

Who said they have to be brown? I colored mine part red part blue. But then Sally came over and scribbled over the whole thing in green. I'm going to go push her into the dirt at recess.
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Golux13 wrote:
Fwing wrote:
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Does bring up the question of what crayola color (s) best represents "tragedy?" shake


Terrorcotta?


Burnt Umber?

Nope, that's freedom.
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It has arrived. There is some funny stuff... a connect the dots Statue of Liberty that is so simple that there is no need to connect any dots to reveal it.
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pronoblem wrote:
It has arrived. There is some funny stuff... a connect the dots Statue of Liberty that is so simple that there is no need to connect any dots to reveal it.


Good luck connecting the WTC dots after those planes hit!
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at least it's not a popup book.
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