Clayton Publisher Clashes with Amazon over ISIS Coloring Book

Kevin Killeen @KMOXKilleen

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A local publisher accuses the online bookseller Amazon.com of violating his First Amendment rights for no longer selling his graphic coloring book about the terror group ISIS.

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Wayne Bell of Really Big Coloring Books Inc. in Clayton says at first his coloring book that shows ISIS carrying out be-headings and torture was selling well on Amazon.

Wayne Bell of Really Big Coloring Books says Amazon.com violated his First Amendment rights

Wayne Bell of Really Big Coloring Books says Amazon.com violated his First Amendment rights

“Amazon bowed to the pressures of radical Islamic terrorist, which I think picketed and boycotted their company all over the world,” Bell said.

Bell points to an email he says he received from Amazon:

“We’ve confirmed that your book(s) contains content that is in violation of our content guidelines and we will not be offering this title for sale on Amazon. As stated in our guidelines, we reserve the right to determine what we consider to be appropriate, which includes cover images and content within the book.”

Bell claims the content was written with the help of “two Muslims” to show ISIS ideology and atrocities.

Banned coloring book shows ISIS executions

Banned coloring book shows ISIS executions

He notes that the book does not paint all Muslims as terrorists. It shows other Muslims fighting ISIS, and other Muslims fleeing from or being executed by ISIS.

“And they banned it because it’s so hardcore ,” Bell said, “It’s an adult book, it’s not for children. There are be-headings in the book, it shows what they do to gay people, throw them off roofs.”

Bell says Amazon not only stopped selling the book, but held onto “thousands of dollars” of inventory of the book for several months. He says in recent weeks he has begun receiving his inventory back, each coloring book individually wrapped in a black plastic bag.

KMOX sent an email to Amazon’s Media Relations department seeking a comment on the story. We will add their remarks – if they respond.

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