Sarah Palin Banned Books-Fiction!

Summary of 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

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.

 This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned. As many of  you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners.

 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
 Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
 Blubber by Judy Blume
 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
 Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
 Carrie by Stephen King
 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
 Christine by Stephen King
 Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
 Cujo by Stephen King
 Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
 Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
 Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
 Decameron by Boccaccio
 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
 Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
 Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
 Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
 Forever by Judy Blume
 Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
 Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
 Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
 Have to Go by Robert Munsch
 Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
 How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
 Impressions edited by Jack Booth
 In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
 It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
 Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
 Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
 Lysistrata by Aristophanes
 More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
 My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher
 My House by Nikki Giovanni
 My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
 Night Chills by Dean Koontz
 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
 On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
 One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 Ordinary People by Judith Guest
 Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
 Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
 Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
 Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
 Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
 Separate Peace by John Knowles
 Silas Marner by George Eliot
 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
 Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
 The Bastard by John Jakes
 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
 The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
 The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
 The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
 The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
 The Living Bible by William C. Bower
 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
 The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
 The Pigman by Paul Zindel
 The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
 The Shining by Stephen King
 The Witches by Roald Dahl
 The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
 Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
 Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster
 Editorial Staff
 Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween
 Symbols by Edna Barth