Sarah Palin’s Attempt To Ban Books

I’ve already noted how Sarah Palin’s extreme conservative views are reflected in her public policy positions including opposition to abortion rights (even in cases of rape), opposition to stem cell research, and support for teaching evolution in the public schools. Time reports she also inquired about banning books she did not approve of from the local library:

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.

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  1. 1
    NatetheGrate says:

    What’s going on in Sarah Palin’s family is obviously none of our business, but it is kind of nice to see Republicans forced to defend their personal hypocrisies for a change.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    True. I don’t think that the her daughter’s pregnancy matters but I also think about how they would be treating this if it was the child of a Democratic candidate. We would be hearing non-stop attacks about the personal immorality of liberals and how it corrupts their families.

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    Jackie says:

    This is scary deal. Not only is this woman totally under qualified for the position, if she had her way, the constitution would be burned. What ever happened to the separating of church and state? What about free speech?

    What I am reading about her “small town” antics are disgusting. She is nothing more than another puppet of a huge corrupt government. DO NOT BE FOOLED. She is another puppet put up by a corrupt Republican Party!

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    Anna says:

    This is a very biased review on Sarah Palin’s background. It was out of line for her to try and ban books from a public library for morally offensive content…I mean, if people want to read trash they should be allowed, right?
    But I think too much of the spotlight is being shone onto Palin’s personal life. Whatever her daughter did is NOT Palin’s fault. Even the most church-going goody girl in the world makes mistakes. You can’t expect Republicans to live up to every single standard they talk about any more than you can for a liberal.
    And teaching creationism in schools (which is something rumored that Palin has tried to do…note I said rumored) is a completely separate issue from “separation of church and state.” Creationism is simply another view on how to world started. It’s scientifically backed up in many accounts, just as evolution seems to be.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Anna,

    This is a factual review.

    This post is about her attempts to ban books–not her personal life.

    Palin is on record for supporting the teaching of evolution–this is not a rumor. The Supreme Court disagrees with you–this is a matter of separation of church and state with the Supreme Court having ruled that teaching evolution in the schools is Unconstitutional.

    There is zero scientific evidence for creationism. It is not another view. Evolution is the only scientifically proven explanation.  Also, evolution and creationism have nothing to do with how the world started. They are about explaining how complex life forms developed with evolution showing how complex life forms evolved from simpler forms.

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    Marcelo DiNapoli says:

    “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,…”
    WOW…the guy she beat in the election (Stein) says bad things about her…and the actual librarian can’t be reached for comment by Time?  Time Magazine can’t reach someone for comment in a small suburb in Alaska? 

    Gimme a break.  You have heresay about what happened to a non verifiable source.  If this is the best you can do then I sincerely look forward to Vice President Palin.

    At least appear to make an attempt for something concrete.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Marcelo,

    In reading your comment I cannot help but wonder if you are illiterate as well as a dishonest partisan hack.

    You stress the fact that Time can’t reach the librarian falsely suggesting that the story is not valid based upon this. You leave out the fact that newspaper accounts from the time verified that Palin really did threaten to fire the librarian over refusing to ban books. This is hardly heresay or based upon a non-verifiable source as you falsely state.

    Are you so dumb as to really think that it makes sense to add the question: “Time Magazine can’t reach someone for comment in a small suburb in Alaska?” There are many reasons why it might not be possible to contact a person regardless of the size of a city. How do you even know if she still lives in the area, or is even alive for that matter?

    You continue in your dishonesty–or is it inability to read–when you falsely suggest that this is the best I can do and that I should make an attempt for something concrete. If you bothered to actually read before coming up with such lying garbage you would see that this is one of a tremendous number of documented problems with Palin.

    We can quibble over whether Palin’s disregard for the First Amendment is the best criticism of her, but this is just one tiny part of the case made against this unqualified and extremist candidate.

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    Yukonna Norman says:

    May I first of all say that Sarah Palin is one to be feared by the democrats! she has showed us Alaskans what a real leader is when she won over Murkowski, the good ‘ol boy of America. Yes its true, she cleaned house from the jet plane to a few corrupt political faces, put more money into alaskans pockets,  urgess energy exploration for a better America in AMERICA and this scares people? I think they need to do more homework and look at what she has done for us in Alaska. Not to mention both her and Mcain have ALWAYS been for our wonderful country and will continue to stand behind it, No in front of it and look whatever evil in the eyes never backing down.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Wow, so now we see them resorting to the “Mussolini kept the trains running on time” argument to defend Palin’s extremist views.

    This argument wouldn’t fly even if it was true. The other posts today which deal with Palin’s record cast considerable doubt on her overall record.

    Your comment is also reminiscent of Mussolini’s political philosophy when you say things like McCain and Palin have always been for our wonderful country as to imply that Obama and Biden have not been. The manner in which the Republicans instill this disgusting mind set is reason in itself to keep that party out of power.

    Part of being “for our wonderful country” is to respect the principles which this country was founded upon.

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    Yukonna Norman of Alaska says:

    Even Obamas wife hasnt been for our country over the years, she said “Im finally proud of our country” what makes you think he hasnt felt or said the same or simular to this?! they are of Islamic religion, one of our greatest enemies beliefs and founders of holywars! what good does Islam want to bring to america? none. I need people of better views in life and Obama isnt it, hes a “celeberty” politican who woes people into his act instead of a hard working politician who can show proof of a real impact on americans by ACTUALLY doing them LOL

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Yukonna,

    That is a distortion of what Michelle Obama said. The right wing thrives on conning people like you with their distortions–including the false claims about Obama’s religion.

    Michelle and Barack Obama are both Christians, not Muslims. John McCain has behaved far more like a celebrity than Obama, including numerous appearances on entertainment television shows over the years.

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    Yukonna Norman of Alaska says:

    did you forget his Islamic church leader who he recenlty shunned after this leader said some nasty things about americans, im sure he did it for his carrer and not his real beliefs which apperently stand on uneven ground, you want democracy then take it back to England on the ship you sailed in on. America was devoped from people who wanted a say even if they dont share the same religion or in a political career to do so.

    And oh yes! I thought at the last race cannidates were supose to have equal air time, all I’ve seen on TV for the last six months is Obama and its getting old I almost forgot who all the other people were……10 minutes of Obama and a few seconds for the others, how imposing and unfair to people just as needy as himself

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Yukonna,

    You really need to check your facts. First of all, Rev. Wright, the controversial church leader you were referring to was at a Christian church–the Trinity United Church of Christ. Secondly Obama made it clear that he repudiated his political views.

    This country was founded upon principles of democracy. Most of us would prefer to preserve democracy here–not to take it back to England.

    The equal time laws were repealed under Ronald Reagan with the support of most conservatives who opposed such laws.

    You are correct in general about Obama receiving more media coverage but are exaggerating the degree to which it differs. Hillary Clinton received plenty of coverage during the primaries and McCain is receiving plenty of coverage. Of course for the last few days Palin has totally dominated the news coverage.

    Studies done comparing the coverage of the candidates did show that Obama has received the most coverage, but that that the additional coverage he received over his opponents has been about half positive and half negative making it a wash.

    One reason McCain has been receiving less coverage has been that he has been refusing most interview requests since the Bush/Rove people took over his campaign. If he refuses to talk to reporters, and often refuses to answer their questions when he does speak to them, it is inevitable that he will receive less coverage.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Yukonna,

    If you want to accuse anyone of being opposed to America, what about the long association Palin and her husband had with the anti-American group, the Alaska Independence Party? This is a group which openly repudiates the United States. Palin has spoken before the group and her husband was a long time member.

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