This story has made national headlines but hits everyone close to home. It has sparked debates across the country and with the ten year anniversary of 9/11 only days away it seems fitting we take a closer look. A child’s coloring book was recently released by ‘Really Big Coloring Books Inc’. The publisher Wayne Bell tells reporters the ‘intent of the book is to educate and that is what it does.’ The book is titled, ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kid’s Book of Freedom’ and is not available in Arizona stores, in fact you can only purchase this particular coloring book online at
Really Big Coloring Books website uses this description to describe the book for potential consumers:
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.
The book was rated PG 13 and publishers defend the pages as they are similar to the same pictures a child (or adult) would see on television or in the media. They also state a total of over 3000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks known as 9/11 from over 70 countries. The publishing company has also stated a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to ‘Bridges for Peace’ (a charity that is Jew/Christian based organization that supports Israel and builds relationships between Christians and Jews worldwide).
The picture to the left depicts one of the most controversial pages in the book. It is a scene where Osama Bin Laden is hiding behind one of his wives moments before the Navy Seal team kills him (the slide show to the left also has more photos of the pages in the book).
On the other side of the debate Muslim groups are upset over the graphic nature of the photos and the content they feel is hate directed. According to Fox News Dawud Walid (Director of Council on American Islamic Relations Michigan Branch) called the book ‘disgusting!’ He noted nearly everytime the word Islam or Muslim was mentioned in the book it was accompanied with the words ‘extremists’ or ‘terrorists’. In fact, the phrase ‘radical Islamic Muslim Extremist’ was used 10 times according to the report. The video to the left is only one report from ABCnews. But you can go to any basic cable news website and find pretty much the same report.
But the real debate is not the controversial content; it is whether or not you would give this book to your child. Some believe the educational viewpoint (after all most young children were not around when 9/11 happened ten years ago), and some argue the message will only instill hate and fear in children. What are your thoughts? This debate column only works if you weigh in on your opinion. Would you give this book to your child and if you feel like sharing please tell us why.
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