Sarah Palin in favor of banned books


There are two things that concern me when I read a recent article in the LA Times concerning the Republican candidate for Vice-President, Sarah Palin. For the record, I have no beef with Ms. Palin, but when I read this article in the LA Times, I could get a sense of what would be in America’s future as far as books were concerned if she had anything to do with it.

According to the article, she walked into a library one day and told the librarian that certain books weren’t suitable for America’s reading palates because they had inappropriate language in them and went against religious morals.

And according to Time Magazine:

“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.”

The two things that concern me is how much confidence can you put in a woman who is in favor of banning books because they are not within her standards and how is this going to influence the reading public of other faiths?

The librarian was aghast, as she should have been. If I were running a library and someone walked in and told me to take out certain books because they had language that didn’t conform to their lifestyle or was against their religious beliefs, I think I would have not become aghast, but laughed at them. For a woman to run for vice-president for a country based on freedom of speech, doesn’t this tell you a little something about her character? Wouldn’t you be afraid of her at this point?

Like I said, I have nothing personal against her. Until now. Support Banned Books Week beginning Sept. 27 which celebrates the freedom to read. Click here to find out more information or click here to find out what you can do in your community.

And go here to find out what Google is doing to help bring awareness to banned books.

Challenged books included Gone with the Wind, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Tell it on the Mountain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men and The Color Purple.

Exercise Your First Amendment Rights – Read a Banned Book!

My question is: Does the government or anyone have any right to tell us what we can read?  Leave your comments below!


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4 responses to “Sarah Palin in favor of banned books

  1. Well, I think there are a couple of things we need to consider here. First, the LA Times does not exactly portray Republican candidates in the best light. Second, we don’t know exactly what happened because the librarian did not comment on the story. One of the the people who brought this conversation to the media was the man who Palin beat out as mayor in 1996, John Stein. He was seeking a third term and Palin won easily. A Democrat who said she attended all the City Council meetings during Palin’s first year in office says Palin brought the subject up there too, because she saw these books as “somehow morally or socially objectionable to her.” (NY Times 9/2008) I would like some verification of that because for all we know Palin could have been asking the librarian as a private citizen unless she said, “How does the government go about banning books?”

    The same NY Times article I mentioned above said that Palin fired the librarian in question, but changed her mind after strong public support. I’m not sure what Palin could have accomplished with that action–if reported accurately–because I can’t see any librarian being in favor of banning books.

    I like to play devil’s advocate on these issues because I don’t ever accept what is reported as being the total truth unless I see proof first.

    But back to your question, unless you’re a minor no one should tell you what books you can and can’t read. We’re a democracy and it goes against the principles this country was founded on. The colonists left England because they sought to rule themselves, just as people still flee the shores of countries under oppression in the hopes that they find a freer and better life in America. The government isn’t our parent. They shouldn’t take on the role of making us children.

  2. Thank you so much for your comment, Cheryl!

  3. I can’t agree with you more. This country was founded on freedom of speech.
    No one has a right to tell you what you can, and can’t read..I can’t believe it, about all things books. If what you say in this article is true. I will be rethinking about who I will be voting for.
    I wanted to ask you if you would add me to your blog roll. I will be adding you. Thank you for the comment you left about Hurricane Hannah.

  4. I would love to add you, Susan! Consider it done! And thanks for your comment!

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