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