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Sarah Palin vs libraries

There is already more than enough troubling and tawdry whoop-de-doo surrounding Sarah Palin, John McCain’s pick for the vice-presidential slot, to make the whole circus worth watching, but this paragraph from a long article in Time magazine about Palin’s tenure as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, should have some special resonance for Quillblog readers:

[Former mayor John] 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.

This just gets better and better.