Palin's Alleged Library Censorship Opens Up Wider Debate

Sep 25, 2008 Full story: EDGEphiladelphia.com News Feed 26

Past actions by Sarah Palin as the mayor of a small Alaskan city have ignited a wider debate as to the role of public libraries, socially progressive authors and conservative organizations.

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Anndee

Temecula, CA

#22 Sep 30, 2008
Nonpartisan Acorn was going to get $140 billion of our tax payer dollars
ABORT PALIN

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#23 Sep 30, 2008
As a MOM .......I am APPALLED Sarah left her NEW BORN with SPECIAL NEEDS next to Russia for her older children to eat her dirt...under the bus.
Anndee

Temecula, CA

#25 Oct 12, 2008
Summary of the eRumor:
Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker.
The Truth:
Palin did not ask for any actual books to be banned.
According to Anchorage Daily News, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin asked librarian Mary Ellen Baker if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. Baker's reply was that she would definitely not be all right with it. When questioned about this Palin called her inquiries rhetorical and simply part of a policy discussion with a department head "about understanding and following administration agendas."
According to a Fox News report on September 10, 2008, Baker was issued a letter of termination but the following day was rehired and worked on the library staff until she resigned shortly before Palin began her second term.
If the book list looks familiar it is because many of these titles and works are listed in the American Library Association's list of frequently challenged books. Once a year, the American Library Association celebrates National Banned Book Week at public libraries all over the country in the spirit of celebrating the freedom to read.
"The American Library Association celebrates "Banned Book Week" in what it calls "the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met."
Click here for Banned Book Week info
Click here for the list of most frequently challenged books
updated 09/11/08
Anndee

Temecula, CA

#26 Oct 12, 2008
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
This is scary.
For those of you who think that all of the opposition to Sarah Palin is from"leftwing" nuts; the following is a list of books that she tried to get banned when she was mayor of Wasilla. I am not sure that Mark Twain,William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou and Geofrey Chaucer would be considered dangerous to children. Judy Blume give me a break. Harry Potter, who is kidding who. I also fail to see how Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff should be banned.
This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused Palin tried to get her fired as she did with the Safety Director of the State who refused to fire a trooper who was getting a vicious divorce from her sister
She also told her Assembly of God Church in June 2008 that it is "God's Will" that the federal government contribute to the expansion of the Alaska pipeline.
Anndee

Temecula, CA

#27 Oct 12, 2008
Sarah Palin Banned Books-Fiction!
Anndee

Temecula, CA

#28 Oct 12, 2008
You want to know what censorship will look like vote for Obama!
It won't only be talk radio and fox news that he will have to get rid off , but also this very forum.
How could he possibly let us talk freely?

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