Pop quiz: Who carried out the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that brought down the World Trade Center and killed nearly 3,000 people?
If you answered “Muslim extremists” or “Muslim terrorists,” you would be correct.
But a Missouri publisher is coming under fire for producing a coloring book that teaches children that very fact.
Wayne Bell, the Publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., of Clayton, Missouri, says the company has seen a negative backlash against the coloring book “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom.”
The attacks have been so negative that Bell has had to contact the FBI and local police.
CBS St Louis reported:
“These are people from Al-Jazeera that have called in here numerous times, people from Iranian TV, people from Palestinian Hamas TV,” Bell said, “A lot of people from the Islamic community have called in here and said increasingly negative things prior to the book being made and then after we made the book too, about the book itself.”
According to CBS, the book includes pictures of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and Islamic terrorists, and portrays American citizens upset by the attacks, including a woman with a cross around her neck.
But, CBS reports, it shows no Muslim Americans mourning the attacks.
The book also includes a picture of bin Laden hiding behind a hijab-wearing woman as he is shot by a Navy SEAL.
“Being the elusive character that he was, and after hiding out with his terrorist buddies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American soldiers finally locate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden,” reads the caption.
“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.”
Time reports the phrase “radical Islamic Muslim extremists” is used 10 times in the book, despite the fact that the attacks were carried out by “radical Islamic Muslim extremists.”
Despite the outcry by Muslim organizations, Bell stands behind the work, calling it a “tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11.”
According to MyFoxDC.com, there’s a sentence that reads, “some Muslim people believe the attacks were a conspiracy caused by Jews.”
“Well there were 19 hijackers, it could have been used 19 times,” Bell said. “I mean, would you prefer us call them, ‘having a bad hair day?'”
Muslim leaders, however, say the book paints a negative picture of all Muslims and gives the impression that all Muslims were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
“Given the fact that this is a very emotional and sensitive topic and that there were Muslims who were victims in 9/11 [and] who were first responders, We think it would have been more responsible if the language would not have been such that every time Muslim was used it’s radical, extremist, terrorist,” Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said.
“The book was built to educate, not to offend,” Bell told Fox News. “This is a totally manufactured event.”
The company reports it has sold its initial run of 10,000 books and is printing more every day to keep up with demand.
This is not the first time the company has come under fire.
Last September, a Tea Party coloring book prompted death threats and “messages containing ‘horrible, nasty, vitriolic stuff,’ including a desire for someone” to place Bell in a ‘chloroform headlock.’
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