Sarah Palin’s Theoretical Question About Book Banning

Steve Benen points to an important detail, first mentioned by Brian Ross in his investigative report on the story:

Ross emphasized an angle I previously hadn’t heard much about. Palin was elected mayor thanks in large part to the strong backing of her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, which, right around the time Palin took office, “began to focus on certain books available in local stores and in the town library, including one called ‘Go Ask Alice,’ and another one written by a local pastor, Howard Bess, called ‘Pastor, I am Gay.'”

Palin became mayor, her church was interested in censorship, and soon after, Palin asked a “rhetorical” question about how books might be excluded from the public library. When the librarian resisted, she was, at least initially, fired.

The line from the McCain campaign has been that Palin never had any interest whatsoever in banning library books. That seems increasingly difficult to believe.

Of course, even without that detail, why would Palin have asked the question at all if she had no interest in book banning? It defies common sense on its face.

One Response to “Sarah Palin’s Theoretical Question About Book Banning”

  1. The answer is in your post

    why would Palin have asked the question

    her church was interested in censorship

    But no books were ever banned

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