September 3, 2008
On top of everything else…
According to this Time article, Sarah Palin supports banning books from public libraries on the basis of offensive language:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.
It’s a third-hand account, so it could very well be false — does it really make sense for an elected official to be so bold about her motives? On the other hand, two paragraphs later the head of the local chamber of commerce is quoted as saying, “We like to call this the Bible Belt of Alaska,” so who knows. At any rate, it seemed worth mentioning, since it’s a subject near and dear to my heart.
UPDATE (9/10): It appears likely that Palin did indeed inquire about whether books could be removed from the library, but “[a] former town official and Palin ally says Palin’s questions were only rhetorical.” Okay, then.