Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Palin's first run for mayor in 1996, as well as Palin's mayoral predecessor John Stein, both confirmed that she pushed to have the book removed from the library because it "didn't belong there." Ms. Chase read the book, found it inoffensive, and suggested Palin read it. Palin's response was that she "didn't need to read that stuff."
Here's the full excerpt from the article:
Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.
But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book "Daddy's Roommate" on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.
"Sarah said she didn't need to read that stuff," Ms. Chase said. "It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn't even read it."
"I'm still proud of Sarah," she added, "but she scares the bejeebers out of me."
She scares the bejeebers out of me too.
Palin was well-known for inserting her religious beliefs into her governing, and this dangerous censorship is a prime example. Her blind push to rid a library of a book she never even read, simply because it mentions gay people, is disturbing to say the least.
And not only did Palin want the book banned, but when the librarian refused, she tried to fire her for not giving "full support" to the mayor. Palin reversed course on the librarian's dismissal after a local outcry, and later said the discussions about banning books were "rhetorical."
"Rhetorical"? To me, this kind of dangerous censorship, and the ensuing political payback for those not towing the line, is one of the biggest indicators of Palin's value's and governing style. To me Palin isn't just the "unqualified moose-hunter" or any of the other jokes made about her. She is a dangerous religious zealot who seeks to enforce her views on everyone she governs.
And she might be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
Here's a report from ABC about Palin's book banning efforts: