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Islamic fury erupts over an Indonesian movie, and a colouring book in the US

A MOVIE made to foster religious tolerance was due to be shown by SCTV in Indonesia this week – but was pulled at the last moment following threats by Muslim zealots against the TV station.

Simply called ? – which must qualify as the shortest title ever devised – the film is the work of Muslim filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo, who has made several feature films on Islam, such as the box-office hit Ayat-Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love).

Hanung Bramantyo

Now the TV station has been slammed by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission for giving in to Islamists’ demands.

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to storm SCTV headquarters if it broadcast the movie, scheduled for the last night of the Ramadan holy fasting month this week.

Broadcasting commission official Ezki Suyanto said:

We regret SCTV’s decision to not air the movie. The movie has passed the censorship requirements and it doesn’t violate any regulations. It seems the station is just afraid of the FPI. SCTV should not have given in to them. This is a bad precedent for other groups to do the same to TV stations.

FPI secretary-general Sobri Lubis said the movie tried to incite hatred toward Islam and disgraced the religion by suggesting Muslims could live together harmoniously with people of other faiths in one country.

The movie supports the idea of pluralism and that the unification of many religions is acceptable. We rejected this dirty and damaging movie from the start.

Last year, the FPI threatened cinemas with violence if they did not withdraw a horror-comedy, Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan (The Menstruating Ghost of Puncak), after watching uncensored clips of the movie on YouTube.

Civil society and human rights groups say intolerance is on the rise in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, under the leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Meanwhile we learn that a colouring book about the 9/11 terrorist attacks aimed at helping children understand the meaning behind the events that shocked America has prompted a firestorm of outrage among US Muslims. It has been branded by some as “disaster porn.”

A detail from the colouring book that has offended many Muslims

We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom has just been released by the Missouri-based publisher, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc.

While the book publisher says the fill-in colouring pictures represent patriotism, some Muslims are arguing that the book promotes the same stereotypes that have haunted Muslim Americans for years.

The new book contains pictures of the burning twin towers and the execution of a cowering Osama bin Laden for children to fill in with colour. It ends with a Navy SEAL shooting bin Laden as he hides behind a woman in Islamic clothing.

Depicting graphic scenes from 9/11, the book is designed to be a:

Tool parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11.

Husna Haq, a news blogger, writes that:

As an American, I find that incredibly disturbing. And as an American Muslim, I find the colouring book disgusting … To me, this colouring book is a part of that hate-espousing rhetoric and it’s even worse because it’s injecting that venom into children.

Bell is firing back in a statement saying the book doesn’t portray Muslims:

In a negative light at all. That is incorrect. This is about 19 terrorist hijackers that came over here under the leadership of a devil worshipper, Osama bin Laden, to murder our people… This is history. It is absolutely factual.

But Dawud Walid, the Michigan representative for the Council on American Islamic Relations, says instead of finding hope in the coloring book, he found hate.

He says this book is more than just colouring inside the lines.

Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions coloured by those images and it instills bias in young minds. Some of the narrative and photos aren’t even correct. Bin Laden wasn’t hiding behind a wife when he was shot.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (US report)

 

33 responses to “Islamic fury erupts over an Indonesian movie, and a colouring book in the US”

  1. I’ve just checked the Wikipedia about Osama Bin Laden and there is no mention of his devil-worshipping.

    Ffurther evidence that Wikipedia is a poor source for absolute factuals.

  2. barriejohn says:

    FPI secretary-general Sobri Lubis said the movie…disgraced the religion by suggesting Muslims could live together harmoniously with people of other faiths in one country.

    Heaven forbid – what a ludicrous idea! But once again one has to ask why Islam needs “defenders” – and of the militant type as well. Is Allah SO impotent?

  3. barriejohn says:

    The colouring book is beyond belief. Of course, it’s purely educational, we all know that! Why is it that the images that I’ve seen so far remind me so much of the Chick tracts?

    http://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/chick_jack-t/chick_jack_thelongtrip.jpg

  4. Tony says:

    I wonder if they do a ‘painting-by-numbers’ version for adults?

  5. barriejohn says:

    This is hilarious, as usual:

    http://youtu.be/Nx-J6E6Rgwg

    I wonder how well The Communist Manifesto coloring book will sell?
    Hahahahaha!!!

  6. AgentCormac says:

    “Little kids who pick up this book can have their perceptions coloured by those images…”

    Erm…. wait a minute. Do the kids colour the book or does the book colour the kids? Or is it both? Or neither? My brain hurts.

  7. David Anderson says:

    That colouring book picture looks like a white colonial soldier murdering unarmed innocent people, which, of course, we no never happens. I don’t have children but I assume that a coloring book must be aimed at very young children. Why would they want or need to know the “facts” about 9/11? Oh, I know. so that the xians can make sure that hatred is sure to be passed down for more generations.

  8. The Woggler says:

    I think the colouring book is secretly aimed at Tea Party members. Though I imagine the likes of Sarah Palin might need help reading the text.

  9. Daz says:

    The Woggler

    I think the colouring book is secretly aimed at Tea Party members.

    Nah! If it was aimed at them, it’d be one of those with the little numbers in each section, specifying what colour to use.

    Why is it that so many Americans seem to need to constantly remind themselves of The American Way™ and that they’re ‘FREE!, FREE, I TELL YOU!’?

  10. Broga says:

    Daz: So many Americans, particularly amognst the poorly educated and least cultured – devout believers well to the fore -, think they live in the best country, which has the most superior people, and that they deserve all excesses of material goods that their faltering capitalism can bestow on them. Nationally narcisstic to an astonishing extent they reject the NHS (National Death Service as one ignoramus described it to me) and embrace the uncertainties of a private medical system which extracts Croesus like rewards to the Insurance Industry which which funds the system.

    Being programmed to a reflexive response when the right emotional buttons are pushed, and simultaneously to avoid rational assesment, they persist in voting against the best interests of the ordinary American while supporting billionaires who, with the connivance of the government, shaft the people to an eye watering extent.

    And so an unreformed religious bigot like Michele Bachmann is seriously supported as a nominee to be the next President.

  11. Paul says:

    The last report I heard on the issue seems to confirm what Walid suggests. The illustration is oversimplified and generally not an accurate portrayal of the events surrounding ObL’s death. Not that ObL doesn’t deserve to be portrayed as a coward, but if you’re going to teach history, then teach history with accuracy. I think we are obligated to teach this, above all events, to children and to do so with accuracy.

    According to the final report released, it was explained that all earlier reports were based on incomplete information, and that ObL was killed as soon as it could be identified that he was not surrendering (as per the orders from Obama) being that al-Qaeda is known for using concealed suicide bombs. After which a woman who was also in the room (one of ObL’s wives) lunged at one of the SEALs screaming something, the SEALs answered by deliberately firing low, shooting her in the leg, instead of killing her. She was then given medical attention and then brought to another location for questioning.

    Not only does the coloring book illustration show ObL hiding behind a woman, but it shows a peaceful and surprised ObL – none of which are accurate. Which is not to say some Muslims aren’t overly protective of Islam, when, as is usually the case, Islam is hideous – but teaching history inaccurately is one of the greatest propaganda weapons available, in fact, it’s Orwellian.

    When you encounter inaccuracies in history, you can be almost sure it’s the work of a religion trying to rewrite facts to make its scriptures or ideologies true, for the good of the institution. So,
    if such inaccuracies warn us about Islam, at a glance we might be inclined to think that’s good, but only until we realize that such propaganda only serves to further establish the likes of Christian dominionists.

  12. stargraves says:

    well, as an artist, I’ve got to say the muzzle flash is pathetic – how can you colour that in, when it fails in respect to the conventions of ALL colouring books, and the rest of the illustration – in that it has no defined shape – it’s just lines. You are meant to colour in and not cross the lines.

    Shoddy.

  13. MrGronk says:

    ? was such a clever title.
    Maybe the FPI could put out their own movie called !

  14. jay says:

    “Why is it that so many Americans seem to need to constantly remind themselves of The American Wayâ„¢ and that they’re ‘FREE!, FREE, I TELL YOU!’?”

    They need to be propagandized in the world of PATRIOT act, Gitmo, TSA, warrantless wiretaps, secret searches and detentions,to THINK they are free so they will continue to support the Republocrat political machinery, and of course continuous war.

    When it comes to protecting freedom, the actions of Obama and Bush are negligibly different.

    THAT’S what I find offensive about this book.Propagandize them while they’re young.

  15. Buffy says:

    I wonder if the publisher will have a series on Christian bombings of abortion clinics and gay bars.

    It’s interesting, though, how these people don’t mind the kiddies being exposed to all sorts of violence (like automatic weapons and burning buildings) through these things. But if a book hints that a prince married another prince they start screeching about their precious darlings being exposed to gay sex. Such a strange bunch they are.

  16. barriejohn says:

    David McNerney: Your comment was very amusing, but I feel that this might be of more help than Wikipedia!

    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Islamic%20Muslim/same_god.htm

  17. Newspaniard says:

    In the UK, we close cinemas and theatres at even the mildest islamist threat so what’s so different about Indonesia? As to the book, if the terrorist linked CAIR object, it can’t be all bad. As to indoctrination of children, nothing can compare with the brainwashing of minors which occurs in madrassas, mosques and UK state funded death cult schools. (That mainly because of a corrupt OFSTED)

  18. Pete H says:

    I think the colouring book is secretly aimed at Tea Party members. Though I imagine the likes of Sarah Palin might need help reading the text.

    And keeping within the lines with her crayons.

  19. Pete H says:

    @Daz,

    As the brilliant Bill Hicks put it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mssKE_b48k

  20. Pete H says:

    @Broga,

    Nationally narcisstic to an astonishing extent they reject the NHS (National Death Service as one ignoramus described it to me) and embrace the uncertainties of a private medical system which extracts Croesus like rewards to the Insurance Industry which which funds the system.

    My father-in-law is an American Republican (although not of the Tea Party brand, as far as I know) and he is fed this stuff about the NHS too from his friends and the Republican media. Thankfully, his daughgter (my wife, of course) lives in England, and so uses (and greatly admires) the NHS. She has made great efforts to persuade him to take his daughter’s word as a user of the NHS over the word of idiots like Sarah Palin, who in fact, know fuck all about England or its healthcare.

  21. Daz says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of answers for a rhetorical bit of sarcasm! At the same, time, very informative—and in some cases funny too. Thanks folks.

  22. Joe says:

    The coloring book is propaganda. The patsy was not the “mastermind.” ObL destroyed those buildings just as Harry Potter won the Tri-Wizard Tournament. After ten years, the over-obviousness of the truth is no longer a good excuse for not knowing the truth. Very discouraging!

  23. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: Are you totally ignorant of the activities of fundamentalist Christians? You sound like an acolyte of Robert Spencer!

  24. Newspaniard says:

    @barriejohn: Being an acolyte sounds like fun. Is this Robert Spencer of yours hot? Fundie xtians don’t kill for their religion as much as death cultists. Besides, fundie xtians are always good for a laugh, especially here.

  25. Newspaniard says:

    @barriejohn: I’ve just been on the net to find Robert Spencer. He has now joined my list of heroes, although I wouldn’t exactly call him “hot”.

  26. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: You were talking about Muslims brainwashing children.

    http://youtu.be/LACyLTsH4ac

  27. Newspaniard says:

    @barriejohn: OK, you made your point: ALL religeots are at it but I don’t see how it makes my comments invalid.

  28. barriejohn says:

    As to indoctrination of children, nothing can compare with the brainwashing of minors which occurs in madrassas, mosques and UK state funded death cult schools.

    It was Christian fundamentalists who quite literally ruined my life with indoctrination almost identical to that portrayed in the Jesus Camp video. Then, to my shame, I went on to perpetuate it, just like many victims of sexual abuse! As you say, Newspaniard, they are all at it, and, even if Muslim extremists are more vocal at the moment, I make no distinction: they are all tarred with the same brush, and – along with many political ideologues – all guilty of shameful abuse of children.

  29. Bubblecar says:

    Looks like a fat Aussie shooting up the set of I Dream of Jeannie. I can’t see any sensible reason to colour that in. On the other hand, “American muslims” ought to seriously consider not being muslim any more, because it’s really quite a shameful thing to be.

  30. Sean says:

    Barriejohn I didn’t know that about you. I never got that kind of crap and it never took hold but it did happen.

    I got off lightly, my school was staunch catholic but teachers who weren’t in frocks knew it was nominal as hell. Once my religion teacher even told me I didn’t have to believe in any of it but it was an easy GCSE if I just ran off on stuff she said. In my PTA, with my pretty hard catholic father.

    We DID get sent to a fucking camp type thing now it comes to mind. It was at a local youth centre, and whenever I would laugh and try without arrogance to call bullshit (14 years old we were seriously in a small circle broken off into small groups for each guy) the guy tried to inspire a “We think Sean’s wearing a mask” chant of shame. Didn’t work, noone gave a shite. Most of the day was like the Queen’s Fitness Test but with occasional circling, dim lights and god shite I can’t remember.

    It felt like having a day off school. Except it was spent with idiots you couldn’t tell to fuck off.

    For any mind rapers out there: Get slightly older girls to pretend to like and hang out with kids if they’re into god. Mindrape 101, its like the catholic church is stuck in the- oh wait they are…

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